I want you to look with me in the Word of God to the thirty-eighth chapter of Isaiah. This revelation hit my spirit the other day, and I have never had an opportunity to share it. If you come with me for five minutes, God will blast out of your life everything and anything that is opposite of what your plan in God is and of what God’s plan for your life is! Anything and everything will be blown out of your way!
In the thirty-eighth chapter of the book of Isaiah, we are going to look at Hezekiah. Now, we know that he was one of the most important kings of Judah. God angelically and supernaturally brought a victory over the Assyrians to this man and his kingdom: a phenomenal ambush of the enemy by the Angel of the Lord and the complete annihilation of an enemy that was threatening to destroy him and his city.
I want you to notice something very important. We know the story of how Hezekiah becomes sick and is going to die. The prophet Isaiah comes and delivers the word to him, and Hezekiah prays. When the prophet leaves, he receives another word and comes back to deliver to Hezekiah an extension of years...but I want you to see something that the Lord told me to share with the body of Christ.
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death...”: he had a terminal disease. “And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amos came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set your house in order...” He was telling Hezekiah to write his will and take care of his affairs. “For thou shalt die, and not live...”
Now, that word was not one that was informative. The man was sick as unto death. Can you see that? But the Lord wanted to do something. He wanted to stir something in him: to either have him give up or have him be stirred up! He wanted to stir something in him. He obviously didn’t send the prophet to inform him. He was sick unto death. How many of you have never read this scripture in that way before? When you read it and you see the prophet show up, you think that the prophet informed him that he was going to die, but when you read it closely, you find out that he was sick unto death already. The prophet Isaiah wasn’t telling him anything new. The prophet Isaiah came and told him his condition. He could have just said, “Oh, yeah, I’m going to die.”
This situation is the same as if you would’ve come this morning and I would’ve just told you what you’re going through. Some of you would’ve been crying and saying, “Oh, he knows what I’m going through. I just love Dr. Harfouche. He just knows all that I’m going through.” You don’t need me to know what you’re going through. You need me to know what God has called you to, to bring you out of what you’re going through! You already know what you’re going through.
Verse two is what I want you to see, and then we will move on:
“Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said...”
It goes on to talk about his prayer, and the account is also recorded elsewhere. The Bible says he wept sore, or wept strongly.
“Then came the Word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken; Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness”
First of all, I want you to notice something very powerful.
Firstly, God reversed the time. God rewound the clock of time to give him evidence that He is God and will do what he said he will do. Secondly, God added to his years, or extended his life, in order for him to fulfill his mission. Thirdly, God took care of his city and destroyed his enemies.
Glory to God! He will deliver your country! He will deliver your city! He will deliver your family! He will deliver your life!
Now notice where it said he turned to the wall. The wall is not where he went to pray. The wall is not where you go to pray normally, but when he was in a condition where he needed to hear God, but all that he heard was exactly the condition he was in, he went to a dead end, and he faced it! He looked beyond that dead end, and he called to the God who removes every dead end—the God who removes every challenge, removes every obstacle, and removes every wall out of your way! Somebody, shout today!
I’m telling you right now, your enemies are about to flee! Your walls are about to fall! Your mountains are about to move! Your hindrances are about to be gone!