Why did Hezekiah receive 15 more years to live?

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Hezekiah got sick and the Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to him saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live’” (Isaiah 20:1). But when Hezekiah heard the prediction, he set his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord asking for healing: “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight. And Hezekiah wept bitterly (2 Kings 20:3).

God heard Hezekiah’s prayer and sent Isaiah with a message saying, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you… And I will add to your days fifteen years” (2 Kings 20:5,6). But the Scripture tell us that during these 15 years, Hezekiah committed a great sin and brought ruin on his house and the land of Israel (2 kings 20:12-19).

There is a lesson for us to learn from this story. In the case of asking for healing, the sick should pray in the spirit of submission to God’s will for God alone knows whether the answered prayer will be for the good of the person asking and for the glory of God or not. The sick should never demand healing from God. For in many cases when people’s lives get saved and sickness passes away, they fall and commit sins that they regret doing later on. In these cases, it would have been much better for these to have passed away in peace with a clean record than to leave behind a shameful record. Hezekiah should have prayed for God’s will to be done in his life instead of just insisting on healing.

In Gethsemane, Jesus pleaded with the Father to take away the cup of death from His trembling hands but Jesus added, “nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39). Jesus submitted without question or hesitation to the Father’s will even if that would mean suffering and death. His perfect submission to God’s will should be an example for us to follow.

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