July 17

July 17

Hezekiah (Southern King 29 years) — God extends Hezekiah’s life, Isaiah’s regret, & Babylon.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: 2 Kings 20

Reading 2: Isaiah 57:1

Reading 3: 2 Chronicles 32:24-33

Even the best people can have flaws. And Hezekiah is no exception. He cries out to God when his death is foretold, and God mercifully grants him 15 more years of life. Yet in that promise, there is trouble to come, and Hezekiah thinks more of himself than his descendants, leading to much pain and suffering for those who follow.

It is thought-provoking to consider that a long life on earth may not be the greatest gift God can give us. Eternal relationship and fellowship with Him is a far greater joy, especially when suffering on earth results from sin!

Have a great day!