God: forgiveness; second chances granted; He who answers our requests
2 Kings 20:3 “I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore”.
Do you remember those interactions you had with your parents when they would promise you stuff as in reward if you did certain things as you grew up? Mainly it was a certain token from a store, a toy you really wanted, permission to go somewhere or even extra time looking at a special show you really loved: just for doing some chores and most of the time it was cleaning after you.
Sometimes you didn’t really have to do it well, but make an attempt or do your best and if they forgot to reimburse you what they promised you would get really upset and pout, go to your room, ruminate for long periods of time wishing you were dead etc. (kids tend to have morose thoughts when they think their worlds about to end in this instance). But the best way I found of dealing with it was to remind them what they had promised, “do you remember; you said” and that would be all it would take to get an ‘oh, yes”. Then you get your boon sometimes with a little extra.
This puts me to mind of King Hezekiah; he was mindful of the things of God, guided God’s people in the way He desired, took care to entertain what God wished and deny the things not of God. So he was probably in a kind of shock when the messenger came with the word that he needed to put his house in order in preparation for death.
After the receipt of the message, Hezekiah turned to the wall and wept bitterly, he cried out to God, he beseeched God to remember what he had done on His behalf, how he served with a willing heart. Oh yes, he wrapped it up good: all he had done and how well he did it. God was in agreement; yes he sure did.
How about you? Are there spots in your service; will you be able to go to God now and present a worthwhile cry in reference to your character?
Do you know that’s why Jesus came; he is the provision for our sins, we just need to talk to Him; repent of them and not think we are without sin. You know you got some things going on that needs to be cleaned up. Thank God for Jesus, you don’t have to hold unto them and pretend they never happened.
Deal with them, get them out; cast them on the shoulders of Jesus: it’s big enough to accommodate ALL of them. Do it today…
Trivia: He had no shame in letting loose with tears as he was overcome with emotions. Who is this?