Isaiah 37: Prioritizing God
Hezekiah was understandably upset after everything that went down in the previous chapter. After all, if a major world power showed up and told you that they were going to invade and overrun your kingdom, you would probably be a little bit upset as well.
Hezekiah knew what He had to do in this situation.
Isa 37:14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
Isa 37:15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
Isa 37:16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
Isa 37:17 Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
Isa 37:18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
Isa 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
Isa 37:20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
I find it really interesting that Hezekiah did not pray for his own glory. As the king and military leader, a miraculous military victory would almost certainly bring that to Hezekiah. He would be honored as the king who saved Israel against all odds. He didn’t ask for that though. He asked God to save the kingdom, and by that, everyone would know that God was the only true God. He put God above his personnel success.
I think it would be interesting to think about a world where all of our decisions were similarly motivated. Granted, this was just one part of Hezekiah’s life, and he was not a perfect human, so even he did not live up to my hypothetical question.
Jesus was perfect though, and every decision He made was in line with the will of God. He made a lifestyle of making this kind of decision. Everything He did was intentionally pointing people to the Gospel. He was here to do the mission of God the Father, and He followed it perfectly, even to the cross.
Are we living for our own interests, or are we living for God’s? I unfortunately know where I walk more often than not. It is a definite area for improvement.