There is a foreboding message in the latter days of Hezekiah. The king is sick unto death, but the LORD works a miracle: He gives Hezekiah fifteen more years of life (2 Chronicles 32:24; Isaiah 38:1-22). What troubles me, though, is how Hezekiah, “[renders] not again according to the benefit done unto him” (2 Chronicles 32:25). For when Babylonian envoys come to check out Hezekiah, the King shows them all his temporal riches forgetting the God who granted him that capital (2 Kings 20:12-21).
How many times has the Lord spared and saved us, yet we forget Him? How many times has the Lord blessed us with material things, and we forget to always be thankful? How many times has the Lord given us more time that we take for granted? How many times has the Lord given us opportunity to show His love to others, and we keep it to ourselves?
As a result of Hezekiah’s pride, the generations after him would see the wrath of God (2 Chronicles 32:26). Our actions have cascading effects. And while, Hezekiah humbles himself after the matter, he could have wrought an effective ministry by telling the Babylonians about the One Who Saves.
Let us, by God’s grace, improve every opportunity for the cause of Christ. Let us not be ashamed of the gospel, but in these last days to live and proclaim it with all our hearts, minds and souls.