Hezekiah Part Two

There are many personal applications for us from the life of Hezekiah. Here are a few:
 
The enemy of our soul hates God, and therefore hates us. The Lord reminded Hezekiah in 2 Kings 19:6 to not listen to his words. It says, “…Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.”
 
The Lord is well able to deal with our enemy when he attacks us. Verse 35 says “And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand…” 185,000!
 
Hezekiah was sick and near death. He cried out to the Lord. The Lord extended his life 15 years. YET in that 15 years his son Manasseh was born. 21:11 says of Manasseh, “…he has acted more wickedly than all the Amorites who were before him…”
 
Verse 12 says because of him, the Lord was going to bring calamity on Jerusalem. Verse 15 says, “…Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, tell he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another…”
 
When I was in high school a good friend of mine, Buster, was waiting to have open heart surgery. I will never forget what Jack Kesling said to him: Buster, remember Hezekiah. Though the Lord extended his life, in that time he bore a son that was exceedingly wicked. Be careful what you ask for.
 
It reminds me of what Steve Saint prayed as his daughter lay dying after a massive brain aneurysm: Lord I don’t want in the short run what will cost me in the long run.
 
Amy Carmichael, missionary in India, wrote: For grace to endure and to conquer is never given until the moment in need. Graham Cooke said: I know You allow in Your wisdom what You could have easily prevented in Your power.
 
Father, help us to be led by Your Holy Spirit in every moment, and in every situation of our lives. Help us to accept what You allow as coming from Your hand. Help us to stand in Your promise that those who fear You will not lack any good thing. Thank You for Your great grace.

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