Chapter 38 illustrates God’s mercy on King Hezekiah by granting him to live for another 15 years. It happened when he was 39 years old. (compared 2 Kings 18:2 and 2 Kings 20:6).
One would think he would try his best to live a righteous life and put his house in order after receiving such a mercy. After he was granted an additional fifteen years, he made a big mistake by inviting Babylonian envoy to see all his treasures. It paved a way for future Babylonian invasion, eventually leading up to the destruction of the Southern kingdom.
During this period, King Hezekiah had a son named Manasseh who turned out to be an evil king (He was 12 years old when he became the King of Judah, 2 King 21:1). Manasseh’s evilness was the main reason why God judged Judah.
One thing I have taken from reading chapter 38-39 is that perseverance is a merit we should all pursue. King Hezekiah is considered as one of the good kings in Judah. He seek the Lord’s guidance to deliver Judah from the threat of the Assyrian army. The Lord even granted his prayer to spare his life. However, he did not consult the Lord regarding the Babylonian envoy’s visit to the storehouse. King Hezekiah ‘lead a wolf into his own house’.
He became so self-center. It reflected from his reply to Prophet Isaiah. When Isaiah prophesied the fall and captivity of the Southern Kingdom; he replied: ‘The war of the LORD you have spoken is good,’ Hezekiah replied. For he thought, ‘There will be peace and security in my lifetime.’ Isaiah 39:8.
How did a God-center person change into a self -center person? Is it because when we get older, we tend to focus staying in our comfort zone rather than stepping out of our comfort zone? How can someone have the perseverance to love God till the end of his life? Perseverance is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Without a doubt, we should ask Holy Spirit to remind and empower us in pursuing perseverance.
I look up the definition of perseverance. Perseverance is defined as pursing a higher goal and developing an ability to deal with setbacks and failures on the way.
Persevering is a combination of mindset and habit.
What does God say about perseverance ? “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”- 2 Thessalonians 3:13 “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised”. Hebrews 10:36 “But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”- Matthew 24:13.
The last reference does not mean you must be good until you die to be saved from hell. It is referring to a specific group of people in the future who will need to endure to the end of the tribulation in order to be saved from physical death (themileses.com). We know Christians will not go through the seven year of tribulation, however, we should endure/persevere to receive the reward prepared by God. — Alan Yam