When a Country Forgets….

King Hezekiah was a king whom followed God for most of his royal career, but then came the prophet Isaiah with some bad news. “Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.” 2 Kings 20:1 The King did not start engaging his bucket list or attempt a second opinion. Instead, He called out to the only true Healer, God, and prayed for a miracle. And he got it. Before Isaiah would leave the courtyard, he returned with a message from God to the king. God had added 15 years to King Hezekiah’s life. God heard the prayer from the palace and showed compassion even to a king. Many people are forgetful tha God allows rulers to sit in their positions. God allows success, not man alone.

So one would think that with King Hezekiah’s miracle, he would forever be indebted to God’s mercy and strive to honor God in all he did. Dont we sometimes quickly forget the works of God and the miracles He’s done in our lives? The healing from sin, disease, failures. As such, King Hezekiah quickly forgets and receives word that the king of Babylon would be coming to his palace to extend his best wishes on his amazing healing.

Instead of using this opportunity to praise God in His storm, King Hezekiah used it to praise his wealth.  “Hezekiah received the Babylonian envoys and showed them everything in his treasure-houses—the silver, the gold, the spices, and the aromatic oils. He also took them to see his armory and showed them everything in his royal treasuries! There was nothing in his palace or kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.” 2 Kings 20:13

Isaiah later visited King Hezekiah and asked him what the Bablylon envoy wanted. King Hezekiah told him that he had shown the Babylonians all his treasures in the palace. “Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord:The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. Some of your very own sons will be taken away into exile. They will become eunuchs who will serve in the palace of Babylon’s king. Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “This message you have given me from the Lord is good.” For the king was thinking, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime.” 2 Kings 20:17-19

King Hezekiah had already begun to see his life through lenses of His own doing. He was a powerful king. These were riches He had earned. His palace was His own work. He was so powerful that no disease could bring him down. Isaiah becomes the reminder to the king that his treasures and power came from God and that soon to come, the kings own sons would become slaves to the very people who witnessed his show and tell. Riches come from the Lord. Some of America’s richest families now live white collar lives because money does not last forever. The Carnagies, known for their steel, have no fortune left after the founder donated it all away. The Vanderbilts, known for the amassed millions in the railroad industry, have a depleted  account after descendents emptied it. Riches and fame arent forever. Healing must come with gratitude. We do not deserve all that we have. May we thank God each day for the things He gives us and pray for this great country that has forgotten its ancestors, its healing, its true message, and God’s blessings.

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