"At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered. And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not. Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon. Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them. Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts: Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days" (Isaiah 39:1-8)
Today's Morsel: One of the things about life, if we aren't careful, when God predicts through prophecy bad things or things that are going to happen/come, because it may not happen on our watch, we may just push it to the side and say, "so what". This is what King Hezekiah did. We know that God added 15 years to his life. But when God told the prophet to tell him that Babylon would take everything he owned and his children into captivity, it didn't faze him because he saw it as not happening on his watch. He said, "Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days." Notice, I hear you, but in my day there shall be peace. So I really don't care. Remember that when he was sick and about to die in chapter 38, he wept and cried. He had an intercessory heart when God told the prophet to tell him he was going to die if he didn't set his house in order. But now, he doesn't see a need to weep and cry for the salvation of others, not even his own offspring, because it's not on his watch. Let me encourage you, when the word of prophecy is given from the man or woman of God, we need to take notice. No, it may not happen on our watch, but if we are concerned for the lost and our future loved ones, we need to intercede that God will be merciful to all generations. His promises are yea and amen, we need to take heed when His word comes forth.
Sing: Just a closer walk with Thee, grant it, Jesus is my plea, daily walking close to Thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Thought for Today: Prophecy is given so you can take action. (Parker)