tell Hezekiah, “Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: ‘I have
heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days
fifteen years.'” (Isaiah 38:5)
fundamental premise of Christianity is that God knows what is best better than
we do. When we are experiencing God’s blessing, it is easy to believe that God
knows what is best. But when God allows sickness and sorrow in our lives, we
may be tempted to question His wisdom.
Lord told King Hezekiah that his life was coming to an end. God advised him to
prepare himself for death and to make arrangements to turn over the kingdom.
Instead, Hezekiah pled for his life, begging God to spare him from death (Isa.
38:3). God loved the righteous Hezekiah and, in His grace, granted him an
additional fifteen years to live. Those fifteen years would prove that God’s
wisdom far exceeds human wisdom. During those added years, Mannasseh was born,
and he eventually succeeded Hezekiah as king of Judah. Mannasseh, who reigned
for fifty-five years, was the most evil king ever to rule over Judah (2 Kings
21:1). Mannaseh encouraged the worship of idolatry throughout the nation. He
passed his own son through fire according to the abominable practices of
idolatry. He shed much innocent blood during his reign; every part of the
nation suffered from his cruelty. Manasseh’s wickedness provoked God to anger,
but Manasseh ignored God’s warning (2 Kings 21:16; 2 Chron. 33:10). Al l these
hardships were caused by Manasseh, a king who would never have been born if
Hezekiah had accepted God’s will for his life! Furthermore, Hezekiah’s extended
reign led to Judah’s eventual defeat by the Babylonians (2 Kings 20:12–20).
much suffering resulted from Hezekiah’s unwillingness to accept God’s will for
him. God knows what is best. Whether your circumstances are easy or difficult,
you can completely trust His guidance.