It’s a pretty amazing story. King Hezekiah was gravely ill. He was going to die. He knew it, and all those around him knew it. God even sent a prophet to make certain the king put his affairs in order…because, yes, Hezekiah was going to die.
But the king pleaded with God, and the prophet had not even left the palace grounds before God told him to turn around and deliver a new message to Hezekiah: “OK, I’ll give you fifteen more years.”
“I need a sign, so I can be sure God will do this,” said Hezekiah.
So in answer to the king’s request, God made the sundial go crazy—the shadow marking the passing of time moved backwards. Today, we’d look at our clocks and see them going from two o’clock to one o’clock to noon. God turned back time! I thought that was a cool touch by God.
In three days, King Hezekiah had recovered, and he lived… fifteen more years.
When I first read this story, I wondered what it would be like to have absolute assurance from God Himself that He was going to give me exactly fifteen more years to live.
I mean, think about it — God tells you exactly when you’re going to depart this earth. And then, just to be certain that you believe Him, He makes the sun move backwards that day … from west to east! Would you have doubted His message? I think I would have marked that Day of Departure on my calendar in ink!
Hezekiah’s story sounds incredible. But let me tell you — I, too, have received a message from God that He will extend my life.
So have you.
This message is not concerning our limited time here on earth. Jesus brought a new message for everyone: Those who belong to Him will live on forever.
“I tell you the truth,” [Jesus said] “those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life…The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son” (John 5:24, 26). NLT
The Son of God makes it very clear: “Listen to my message and believe. Then you will never be condemned for your sins and you have eternal life.” Jesus Christ holds the key. He holds life.
This is hope: The God who does not lie has made a firm promise to give His children a life that goes beyond these bodies, beyond years, beyond numbers, and beyond time. And we are already living that life.
If we listen to Jesus’ message and believe Him, it changes how we view every moment of this life on earth.
When it comes to giving life to His children, God doesn’t just scramble time—He does away with it. As it turns out, our story and promise is even more fantastic than Hezekiah’s.
My heart is confident in you, O God.
© Elaine Starner 2015