Just as we are introduced to this Series, it is important to me for each of us to understand that being Born Again (Saved) is not a ticket to a healthy, disease free life. There are so many accounts of individuals in the Bible where suffering, illnesses and loss are three well used descriptors of challenges of even the most ardent of godly men who wanted to live Holy before a Holy God, as well as lead their families in a manner that pleased the Creator, Sustainer and Maintainer of All. The passage that follows, in Isaiah 39, verses 9 through 20, tells the story of one such individual, King Hezekiah – from destitution and despair, then to recovery and celebration – we have shown to us from the Old Testament in Isaiah.
Recovered of Sickness in the Bible
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness: I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years. I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. Mine age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd’s tent: I have cut off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me. I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me. Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me. What shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul. O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live. Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
Isaiah 38:9-20 | King James Version
00 – On My Toughest Days
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