And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
The story of Hezekiah’s life being extended has been preached from nearly every pulpit.
I’m sure we are all very familiar with the story. The prophet prophesies about the death of the king. The king seeks God’s face. God adds 15 years to the King’s life.
But what I see in this verse is the brokeness of the king.
Here was the ruler of the land, falling ill. In his mind, it was a nondescript sickness, but the prophet informs him that he is actually on his deathbed.
Rather than accept his fate, he cried out to God. He had nothing to offer God but his perfect heart and that spoke volumes to The Lord.
This is our precedent. When we are going before God, we cannot bring our flesh. When you need God to move on your behalf, you do not need to list your church attendance, or recall how many charities you are supporting.
God responds to our hearts, not our good works.
What is the state of your heart?
Could you offer it to God today as evidence of your commitment to Him? If not, why not?
I am more than aware of my humanity, and with it, my flaws, but I want to be able to offer God my heart the same way Hezekiah did.
God help us if we ever have to make the same offering to God…