Isaiah 38: 1-7
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die; you will not recover from this illness.’ 2Then Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord: 3‘Remember, O Lord, I implore you, how I have been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.’ Then Hezekiah broke down and wept bitterly.
4 Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5‘Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of your ancestor David: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and defend this city.
7 ‘This is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised.
Imagine yourself to be Hezekiah.
Isaiah’s message from God may be blunt, but what is your life looking like? What needs to change?
Prayerfully consider your local church. What would God be saying to your Christian community there if God were to say, “Set your church in order”?
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