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“If There Will Be ... in My Days”

“Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ‘The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.’ For he thought, ‘Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?’” 2 Kings 20:19. Hezekiah is normally thought of as one of the few good kings of Judah, a faithful servant of God. After all, when the Assyrians had already taken the northern kingdom off into captivity and threatened Jerusalem, Hezekiah stood firm for the LORD. He even prayed when he was sick at the point of death and God granted him fifteen more years of life. It’s not the foolishness of showing the Babylonians the riches of his nation that makes me think he tripped at life’s finish line, but rather his reaction when he heard what he’d done: he failed to provide for future generations of God’s kingdom. Who cares what happens to the church years after I’m gone … “if there will be peace and security in my days?” And so the twelve year-old Manasseh, the most wicked of kings and born during his life’s extension, would rule for 55 years after Hezekiah’s death. What’s our attitude about the future of the Lord’s church after we’re gone? What are we doing now to keep out the Manassehs and ensure a foundation for future Christians?