Day 115: What To Do When Given A Death Sentence

Day 115: What To Do When Given A Death Sentence
April 24, 2015 Joel Grantham

“In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death.  And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said unto him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”  Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said, ‘Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.’  And Hezekiah wept bitterly.  And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, ‘Go and tell Hezekiah, “Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: ‘I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years.’”  Isaiah 38:1-5

It’s most people’s worst nightmare come true; the doctors giving you the news that, because of an incurable disease, you do not have long to live.  How would you respond in such a situation?  What would you say, what would you do, if the doctors told you that there was nothing that they could do for you and that you were going to die?  Your response will make the difference between life and death.

Notice the difference between King Hezekiah’s response and King Asa’s response when put in the same situation.  In 2 Chronicles 16:12 it says of King Asa, “And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yetin his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.”  The Bible says that Hezekiah immediately turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord for healing.  Asa however, turned to the doctors.  One found healing, and the other died in his sickness.

Sadly, so many in the church today only give God lip service when it comes to believing Him for their healing.  Their real faith is in the doctor and in medicine. This however, will never work!  God will not be second (Matthew 6:33)!

King Hezekiah and King Asa remind me of two other Kings who were put in the same situation, but had completely different responses.  King Saul and King David both sinned against the Lord, yet when confronted by the man of God, each one responded differently.  In 1 Samuel 15:24-27 we learn that Saul turned to man for help, grabbing hold of the prophet Samuel, begging him to have mercy.   David however, admitted his sin and sought the Lord for forgiveness (See 2 Samuel 12:13.)  One found forgiveness and the other was rejected by God.

What about you?  Will you turn wholly to the Lord in your sickness, seeking Him FIRST?  Will you make reading and studying His Word a priority even more so than taking the medication that the doctor has prescribed?  Will you make attending your local church and healing services more important to you than a visit to your doctor?  When Hezekiah sought the Lord first, even in the midst of being given a death sentence, He was healed.  And when you seek the Lord first, you too will be healed!

 

Confession:  The Lord is my Great Physician.  I put my faith in the healing promises of Gods’ Word, not in my doctor’s knowledge or ability, and not in my medication.  My faith is in God alone

“In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death.  And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said unto him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”  Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said, ‘Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.’  And Hezekiah wept bitterly.  And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, ‘Go and tell Hezekiah, “Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: ‘I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years.’”  Isaiah 38:1-5

It’s most people’s worst nightmare come true; the doctors giving you the news that, because of an incurable disease, you do not have long to live.  How would you respond in such a situation?  What would you say, what would you do, if the doctors told you that there was nothing that they could do for you and that you were going to die?  Your response will make the difference between life and death.

Notice the difference between King Hezekiah’s response and King Asa’s response when put in the same situation.  In 2 Chronicles 16:12 it says of King Asa, “And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yetin his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.”  The Bible says that Hezekiah immediately turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord for healing.  Asa however, turned to the doctors.  One found healing, and the other died in his sickness.

Sadly, so many in the church today only give God lip service when it comes to believing Him for their healing.  Their real faith is in the doctor and in medicine. This however, will never work!  God will not be second (Matthew 6:33)!

King Hezekiah and King Asa remind me of two other Kings who were put in the same situation, but had completely different responses.  King Saul and King David both sinned against the Lord, yet when confronted by the man of God, each one responded differently.  In 1 Samuel 15:24-27 we learn that Saul turned to man for help, grabbing hold of the prophet Samuel, begging him to have mercy.   David however, admitted his sin and sought the Lord for forgiveness (See 2 Samuel 12:13.)  One found forgiveness and the other was rejected by God.

What about you?  Will you turn wholly to the Lord in your sickness, seeking Him FIRST?  Will you make reading and studying His Word a priority even more so than taking the medication that the doctor has prescribed?  Will you make attending your local church and healing services more important to you than a visit to your doctor?  When Hezekiah sought the Lord first, even in the midst of being given a death sentence, He was healed.  And when you seek the Lord first, you too will be healed!

 

Confession:  The Lord is my Great Physician.  I put my faith in the healing promises of Gods’ Word, not in my doctor’s knowledge or ability, and not in my medication.  My faith is in God alone

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