This account of Hezekiah’s prayer, and God’s compassionate response says to me that I, too, have permission to ask God to have compassion and to heal me. It reminds me of Jesus’s response to the people when a lame man asked for healing, and the people wanted to know who was the ‘sinner’, i.e. who was to blame for this man’s lameness. Jesus tells the people that “neither this man nor his parents sinned” but that this lameness was allowed so that God alone would receive the glory when the man was healed.
This is an age-old question but worth pondering: What is the nature of God’s mercy? How is it that God loves me? Just little ole insignificant me? Like Elijah of old and like Hezekiah, you may not answer that question but you draw me to bow down and worship you.
Dear God, apparently you care about me—even though I have done nothing either good or evil to try to draw your attention. I’m just me. But, please will you bring new life to me, fill me with your Spirit, and draw me near to You? I want the joy-filled abundant life that you talk about. I want to have that living water bubble up inside me and overflow to all around me. Please hear the longing in my heart and answer.
SONG: Good and Gracious King
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