What would you do if these words were spoken to you, knowing that you had fifteen years left before you were to die? Would you choose to live your life with different priorities than the ones you have at present? Wouldn’t every minute become precious to you? Each day would suddenly need to have a purpose and a plan. Instead of just coping with the business of life, you would want to clear out the clutter, stop wasting time and enjoy every moment you have left.
I would want to give every moment left to God and each day to be for Him rather than for me.
Hezekiah had been very ill and thought he would die, but as he cried out to the Lord he was given another fifteen years to live. This is what he decided to do with his time.
“He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years.” (verse 15)
He decided his inner attitude had to be humble. Even though he was King of Judah, he wanted to become humble, like a child and listen, walking carefully before his God. This inner attitude is what is valuable to God. Jesus said:
“I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matt 18:3 NLT
It’s not important what we do for God but what we are.
The truth is some of us won’t even have fifteen years left on Earth. Let each day be precious; walk humbly and obediently like a child. Then the joy and happiness of childhood will be yours whether you have many years or few. Like Hezekiah, our joy will be in praise.
“We will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord.” (Verse 20)