Judah is saved. Hezekiah is safe. The LORD honored their faithfulness by beating back the big bad Assyrian king. Praise God! They could experience a time of peace.
About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: "This is what the LORD says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness." (2 Kings 20:1 NLT)
What a blow to Hezekiah and to Judah. Since the split, no king has lived or led his people as faithfully as Hezekiah. Now, the true prophet Isaiah tells him that the LORD says he will die.
When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, "Remember, O LORD, how I have always been faithful to You and have served You single-mindedly, always doing what pleases You." Then he broke down and wept bitterly. (2 Kings 20:2-3 NLT)
Just when things were starting to pick up. Just when it looked things were going to get right. Just when they were all going to experience the benefits and blessings that were the result of their faithfulness, Judah was going to lose their king.
But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from the LORD: "Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of My people. Tell him, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for My own honor and for the sake of My servant David.'" (2 Kings 20:4-6 NLT)
Praise God! Hezekiah will get fifteen more years of life! Judah will still have their faithful king to lead them. The LORD even offered some extra reassurance to Hezekiah, just like He did with the previous message. He offered to show him a sign.
Meanwhile, Hezekiah had said to Isaiah, "What sign will the LORD give to prove that He will heal me and that I will go to the Temple of the LORD three days from now?" Isaiah replied, "This is the sign from the LORD to prove that He will do as He promised. Would you like the shadow on the sundial to go forward ten steps or backward ten steps? " "The shadow always moves forward," Hezekiah replied, "so that would be easy. Make it go ten steps backward instead." So Isaiah the prophet asked the LORD to do this, and He caused the shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz! (2 Kings 20:8-11 NLT)
God moved the sun backwards just to give Hezekiah reassurance and peace that he would have fifteen more years to lead Judah as their king. Nothing is impossible with God.
How about you? Have you lived faithfully like Hezekiah? Have you cried out to the LORD with the desires of your heart? Has the LORD answered you? Did God give you peace? Did it help you see that nothing is impossible with God?