Good News Out of Bad

“Go back and tell Hezekiah… I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you…. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.” 2 Kings 20:5-6

Hezekiah was one of the handful of “good” kings to rule over Judah. But, when he was just 39 years old, he received the bad news from Isaiah that he was going to die from an incurable infection. Hezekiah responded to this difficult diagnosis with a tearful prayer for salvation. Hezekiah was heartbroken, not just for himself, but for his people. You see, this infection was not only ending his life but also the kingly line of David because Hezekiah had no heir at that time (we know this because God added 15 years to his life and his son Manasseh began to reign when he was only 12 years old).  

God’s answer of healing, restoration and new life is a beautiful picture of the Gospel (Good News) that we find in Jesus. Like Hezekiah, we were all infected with a fatal disease called sin. But when we turn to God in brokenhearted repentance, He promises to heal us, restore us and give us new life in Christ. But the promise doesn’t end with just our salvation! As a result of our new life in Jesus, God extends His grace, deliverance and kingdom to a new generation of believers. It’s double good news out bad!

Take a moment and thank God for your salvation today. Then ask God to bring someone to mind who needs salvation and pray for them throughout the day.
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