You have probably heard the phrase, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all,” and probably even had days in your life where you felt this. In the Bible in the book of Isaiah chapter 38, King Hezekiah of Judah was having one of those periods in his life. The cruel Assyrian army had besieged his nation’s capital Jerusalem and the citizens were being mocked and oppressed.
Hezekiah was depressed and helpless, and an illness had him on death’s door. Sometimes we have compounding problems like this. But no matter what you face, faithful followers of the Lord will ultimately win. God will prevail so don’t give up. Remain wholehearted for the Lord.
(Isaiah 38) 1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.