“There will be peace and security in my days” (Isaiah 39:8).
King Hezekiah was given 15 extra years in answer to his prayer as God rescued him from a fatal illness (Isaiah 38)–and he wasted it.
He wasted God’s grace in delivering him, only using it for his purposes and justifying how unfair God was in ending his life so quick after all he had done for Him. He played the victim card, forgetting that God was for Him, numbering all of Hezekiah’s days in a book (Psalm 139:15-16). When the crush came, he did not surrender, but appealed to himself. All because he wanted peace and security in his days–and for those days to continue.
He wasted his life and the lives of those around him (Isaiah 39:5-6). His actions disregarded those in the past, but also God’s people in the present, as well as his own family and future line. All that mattered was ‘self.’ All because he wanted peace and security in his days.
And he wasted the opportunities that God put before him–and was so absorbed with self that he completely missed what his wasting was doing to those around him. God removed his hand from Hezekiah “in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart” (2 Chronicles 32:31). And where did Hezekiah go? He went to self, even as he acknowledged that the Word God gave him was good, but he was so immersed in Hezekiah that he failed to see the consequences of his actions. Rather, all Hezekiah saw was, well, Hezekiah.
Having the Hezekiah Syndrome of outwardly believing the Word is good (39:7), but inwardly deflecting and dodging the implications that this word has on you is dangerous and sad. It’s amazing how some justify their actions, even when God’s Word and God’s people come along (case in point, Isaiah) and inform them of their missteps and misdeeds–but never take ownership of their role in a matter and the significant consequences that come about.
God has given His grace and life and opportunities to us as blessings but also as containers to bring His lessons to us as well. If God and His Word and His people (conduits of His grace) all are trying to teach us something, will we say, “Yes, you’re right, that’s good” but inside say, “This doesn’t make me very peaceful or secure,” which way will we go?
For the only peace and security that may be found is in Christ, who works all things for His glory and our good (Philippians 4:4-7).
Let’s not let those three things go to waste!