Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 23, 2015

“No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 20:1-11.

“1 In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill.  And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”  2 Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.”  And Hezekiah wept bitterly.  4 Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 5 “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears;  behold, I will heal you.  On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.  6 I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”’”  7 Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.”  And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

8 Now Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord the third day?”  9 Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that He has spoken:  shall the shadow go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?”  10 So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps;  no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.”  11 Isaiah the prophet cried to the Lord, and He brought the shadow on the stairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.”   2 Kings 20:1-11.


Here are three things we see in today’s Scripture. 

First, Hezekiah recognized that the LORD hears the prayer of the righteous and reminded the LORD that he walked before Him in truth and with a whole heart and did what is good in His sight.  Verse 3.

Second, the LORD acted quickly and fully to respond to Hezekiah’s prayer request even beyond what Hezekiah prayed.  “Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court“, the word of the Lord came to Isaiah with all the good news that He would heal Hezekiah and would add fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life and would also deliver him and the city from the hand of the king of Assyria.  Verses 4-6.

Third, the LORD caused the shadow to go back ten steps as a sign that the LORD is willing to move heaven and earth for His elect.  Verses 8-11.

Let us look at supporting Scriptures.

“The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”  Proverbs 15:29.

“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him.”  Psalm 4:3.

“8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.
9 Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”  Psalm 84:8-12.

“now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?  I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.  …”  Luke 18:7-8.

Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”  Revelation 22:12. 

“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.”  Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus.”  Revelation 22:20.


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