From a place of unforeseen recovery, Hezekiah prayed, and God added 15 years to his life. If there was ever a story to encourage us to pray against all odds, it’s the one. As Hezekiah praises God, there is a beautiful humility, thankfulness, and acknowledgment of how the Lord has brought good from such a bitter, sorrowful situation.
Only affliction can train a heart and mind to praise God with words like these...
“But what could I say? For he himself sent this sickness. Now I will walk humbly throughout my years because of this anguish I have felt. Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! Yes, this anguish was good for me, for you have rescued me from death and forgiven all my sins. For the dead cannot praise you; they cannot raise their voices in praise. Those who go down to the grave can no longer hope in your faithfulness. Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next.” Isaiah 38:15-19 NLT
While depression still persists in my body, the Lord has restored my spiritual life, bringing humility through weakness, health through faith, joy through thankfulness, and hope by rescuing me from the grips of death-obsessing despair.
To the next generation: God is faithful
“Hezekiah bore witness that God had sanctified his bodily sickness and his mental sorrow to his spiritual health. Is it not often so with us? ‘Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept thy word.’” -Spurgeon