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Heaven's U-Turn 

 

JohnSolomon

 

 

 

 By Dr John Solomon

 Miracle Ministries International, India 

 
  

 Foundation Scripture: 2 Kings 20:1-6

 Sunday 27th September 2015

 

I am sharing a message with you, titled ‘Heaven’s U-Turn’. From our foundation scriptures, we read an account of the life of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:1-6: ‘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.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”

 

From the first verse in this passage, we read of prophet Isaiah’s task of delivering God’s message to the King. He was told to warn King Hezekiah to set his household affairs in order, as he was soon to die. As highlighted in this scripture and many others in the bible, God hardly carries out judgement without warning. Before the flood in the days of Noah, God warned the people of the impending destruction. He also warned Lot and his household before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. So He also did with the people of Nineveh, by sending Jonah to forewarn them of the coming judgement. Equally, we have been forewarned of the coming judgement on our world – it will soon be destroyed. So then, King Hezekiah was told to put his house in order. Could it be that Hezekiah had time for every other agenda in his kingdom, but had little or no time for his household? As God’s children, our households must not suffer at the expense of other areas of our lives. We cannot afford not to set some time apart for our families. Spouses must make the time to talk to each other. Parents must engage with their children regularly and also with other extended members of the family.


We read further, as Hezekiah responds to this news: ‘Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly’. Hezekiah took this news and God’s word, seriously. So should we. God responds to our wholehearted devotion to Him. The scriptures record that Hezekiah turned towards the wall and wept. The wall separated him from all other distractions that had taken his time, as He sought God’s face concerning the difficult situation that was before him. His reaction is a reminder of that popular song that we all know: ‘The world behind me, the cross before me’. So as we take time to talk to God, He will respond to our petition.


The bible not only records Hezekiah’s prayer but also his cry and tears. The bible also records various accounts of other male characters who cried – Jeremiah, the weeping prophet and King David. Even Jesus wept. It is alright to cry, when a difficult occasion arises. God always responds to our heartfelt cries and prayers. Reading this verse again, let’s focus on another aspect of this verse: ‘“Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly’. There is a book of remembrance in Heaven, to which Hezekiah may have referred to in this prayer. God’s blessings as we may already know are conditional. God’s response to Hezekiah follows this prayer. I am reminded of the story of Daniel who also engaged in prayer in the land of Babylon. He was also a faithful and loyal man to God. His lifestyle caught Heaven’s attention, such that when he was placed in the lion’s den, God sent his angels to protect him. Daniel’s response to the king the next morning sums this up, appropriately: ‘My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you” (Daniel 6:22).


Hezekiah’s prayer was a type of withdrawal from Heaven, just like we withdraw money from an ATM or cash machine. As Christians, we should constantly make deposits into Heaven’s account, based upon which we can confidently approach God for our withdrawals. Daniel and King Hezekiah made deposits and this enabled each man to trust God during a stormy season in their lives. Our deposits, beyond tithes and offering could also include our time, our talent and more importantly, our hearts. Deuteronomy 6:5 reads: ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength’.


God’s response to Hezekiah, through Prophet Isaiah came to the prophet mid-court, as he made his way towards the entrance. Here is the full account, once again: ‘Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. So then, Heaven made a U-turn for King Hezekiah. ‘I also declare that Heaven will make a U-Turn for you in Jesus name!’


Isaiah returned to King Hezekiah’s bedside with good news. He announced: ‘On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” God always gives us the best, whenever He gives. He often rescues us so that we can spend more time in His presence.

 

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