|Today’s Scripture: And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day? 2 Kings 20:4-8|
|King Hezekiah was dying, so He called for the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah told him to make sure his things were in order because God said he would die. (2 Kings 20:1) King Hezekiah cried out to God that He would heal him. As Isaiah was leaving, God spoke to him, telling him to go back and tell Hezekiah he would be healed and that fifteen years would be added to his life.
As Isaiah commanded, they placed a lump of figs on the boil, and Hezekiah recovered. Having just been told by the prophet that he would live and having the boil healed, you would think he would thank God for this miracle and answered prayer. Instead, King Hezekiah’s reaction is one that we often have-how do I know for sure?
The signs were there-Isaiah had come back and told him God said he would live, and the solution he had given wasn’t natural, so it had to be a miracle-yet, he still needed another sign. God was gracious and gave him another sign, but He must have been disappointed in Hezekiah’s lack of faith.
We can do the same thing at times in our lives. Having just seen God work a miracle, we question whether or not this is really what God wants. We ask God, “What can you do to prove to me that Your word is true?” Why don’t we trust Him and take Him at His word? This just shows our lack of trust in Who God is. We need to remember that He is “Faithful and True.” (Revelation 19:11) What He has promised, He will do. Let’s trust His Word for what it says without needing another sign.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.