THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min
Reading assignment: __Isaiah 38:9-20 __2 Chronicles 32:31 __Isaiah 39:1-2 __2 Kings 20:12-13
Focal verse(s): Isaiah 39:2: “Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses – the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine oil, his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.”
In another display of the correct attitude we should have toward God when He heals us, Hezekiah wrote a Psalm of thanksgiving to God because the Lord had restored his health. Hezekiah was deeply humbled by his sickness because he knew God had caused it as a punishment for his display of pride. He looked upon God’s punishment as a benefit which had strengthened his life and brought him closer to God. The biggest mistake of Hezekiah’s reign was allowing the visiting Babylonian ambassadors to see all of the wealth and treasures inside the temple. This was another display of pride which would prove very costly. The Babylonians supposedly had come to congratulate the king on recovering from his illness, but Hezekiah tried to impress them by showing them all of the riches of the temple. God wants us to be humble and give glory to Him. Whenever we allow riches, money, position, or popularity to make us proud, God will bring us to our knees to remind us of who gave us all of our blessings! Daniel 10:12 says, “From the first day that you set your mind to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard…” If we want God to answer our prayers, we must stay humble before Him!