Today’s passage: Isaiah 38
- In Hezekiah’s prayer and song, the appeal he made to God to prolong his life was rooted in a commitment to be pleasing to God.
- In verse 15, we see Hezekiah’s determination to “walk slowly” (Deliberately) as a result of this experience.
- For the believer, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). However, Hezekiah was right in that he would no longer be able to minister to others and point them to God after his death.
Questions to consider:
- If you were told, “You have ____ years left before you die,” what would you do? What would you want to have in order? What would you change? With eternity in view, how do you want to spend the rest of the time God has given you in this life?
- God calls David, “Your father” when addressing Hezekiah. Both men had sin problems, neither was perfect, but what positive similarities can we find in chapter 37 and 38 between David and Hezekiah? What has Hezekiah done when faced with troubling things? To whom did he turn in these two instances?
- In what way could we also compare Hezekiah to Gideon (Verse 22)? Even when we fervently pursue Christ, are we successful in loving God with our whole heart? Where does our righteousness truly come from?