Are you aware of the promises of God in your life? He often does things to assure us of His providence in our lives. Why? Because we are simple humans and He knows we need/desire to know that He’s tangibly at work in us every day. Read this interaction He has with King Hezekiah.
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.’” 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. Then this message came to Isaiah from the Lord: “Go back to Hezekiah and 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 add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city. “‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised: I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!’” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps. -Isaiah 38:1-8 (NLT)
First of all, how would you like to be told BY GOD that you are terminally ill and to update your will and start your good-byes? Second, how amazing would it be to know…to really, truly know…that the heart of the creator of the universe was moved by your prayer and tears?
Then, there’s the miracle as proof that God would do as He said.
He’ll cause the shadow on the sundial to ‘move ten steps backward.’ There’s a separate incident mentioned in Joshua 10 where the sun and moon stood still for a day! As with this event, however, we really don’t know for sure HOW God did this. People have been arguing this (theologically and scientifically) for centuries and have yet to definitively explain it. But the key to remember here is that God blessed Hezekiah with a miracle to prove His word. To back up His promise. And He doesn’t always do this. His word should be enough for us. Hezekiah was blessed to have this.
What about you? What has God promised you…and has He proved it to you somehow? Share your comments below.