Trusting God in Hard Times

November 13 2022
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Lessons from Hezekiah

  1. The lesson of restoration
  2. The lesson of prayer
  3. The lesson of pride

Restoration

In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them. He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square of the east side and said: “Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the LORD, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary. 2 Chronicles 29:3-5

Prayer

38 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order,  because you are going to die; you will not recover.” 2  Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, Isaiah 38:1-2

17  Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. 18  For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. 19  The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness. 20  The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD. Isaiah 38:17-20

Pride

3  Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?” “From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.” 4  The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.” 5  Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD Almighty:  6  The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD.  7  And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Isaiah 39:3-7