Tuesday, June 21, 2016

King Hezekiah's healing: the power of humbleness

Isn't it wonderful to know that we have a great, compassionate Lord, who is never indifferent to our suffering and who listens to our supplications?
Yesterday I have been reading the story of king Hezekiah's illness and healing. I have been touched by our Lord's compassionate heart. Unlike a common opinion, God is not distant from us. We can even influence His judgments and decisions by our sincere supplications. We can ask Him for precise signs. In His immense goodness, Hashem will respond to our requests. Even when He doesn't reply straight away, our Lord answers fervent prayers. 
When faced with our own ( or other people's illnesses) let us draw near His heart and request healing from Him.

Hashem's sentence about Hezekiah's life: game over?

The Second Book of Kings, Chapter 20, reports that king Hezekiah was facing terminal illness.
The prophet Isaiah came to see him and brought him Hashem's sentence:

"This is what the Lord says, "Give your household instructions, for you are about to die; you will not get well."
Hashem sentence falls upon Hezekiah's head with the sharpness of a chopper. Sad news, you are going to die, and that's it. Prepare yourself. Give your household the instructions they need to know.

Hezekiah could have just accepted the Lord's sentence. However, He decided to humiliate himself before the Almighty and to enter into a fervent prayer of supplication. 
Hezekiah brought Him his sincere Teshuva and our Lord's heart was touched.

It is told that Hashem added 15 years to Hezekiah's life.

"He turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord: "Please, Lord, remember how I have served you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and how I have carried out your will. Then Hezekiah wept bitterly." 2 Kings 20: 2-3

Apparently Hezekiah suffered from a cancerous  ulcer. Isaiah orders a fig cake for the king. Figs do indeed have amazing healing properties. Have a look at the following, detailed blog about Isaiah's lump of figs.

I am convinced that this natural remedy was very helpful. But complete healing occurred because Hashem allowed it.

Our Creator has the power to give life and to take it away. He has the power to heal us. Let us turn our faces to Him and implore His grace for any sickness we might face. Let us keep insisting with fervent prayers. And may His will be done. If it is according to Hashem's will, you will be healed. Otherwise, He might use your ailment for His highest glory.

Ask Him for a sign that defies the regular laws of nature: He'll grant it to you

Hezekiah answered, "It is easy for the shadow to lengthen ten steps, but not for it to go back ten steps."

Gideon, for instance, was very daring in asking our Lord for signs. And I'd advise you to be daring with our Lord in the same way. 
Not only is our Lord our best friend, He is also almighty. He is the Creator of Heaven and earth. No demand is too little for Him. 
Be audacious. Nothing is impossible to Him.

Hezekiah asked for the shadow to go back ten steps as a concrete sign of his healing.

Remember to thank Him when you are healed

Being healed is one thing. Receiving God's healing with a thankful heart is much better.
The Book of Isaiah, Chapter 38, reports that Hezekiah sang a song of praise for Hashem when being healed.
If you want God to keep blessing you, remember to give Him praise when your sickness is erased from your body. Bear in mind that among the 10 lepers Yeshua healed, only one of them ( who happened to be a Samaritan), gave high praise to our Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord and may your life be fruitful!

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

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