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Isaiah 37:35 Isaiah 38:1-8; Parallel references: 2 Kings 20:1-12 & 2 Chronicles 32:24-33

Once again Hezekiah was given bad news. And once again he faced God and cried out to God. God answered him shortly and added more years to his life. But this time Hezekiah’s approach was different: he had a bargaining chip. He reminded God of how he walked before God faithfully.
Hezekiah had this insight: The Lord will honor us when we honor Him. There’s something to be said about bargaining with God. It is not a method to tie God’s hand and make Him do something. But it is evidence that we “put on”, as lawyers say, to prove up something or to make our point more substantive. It is reminding God of our standing with him. It is a sign of faith, not in us, but in God. Even though our righteousness are as filthy rags, God honors our faithfulness because He too is faithful and cannot deny Himself. (2 Timothy 2:13).

Likewise being faithful helps our lineage. In the previous chapter when Hezekiah was faced with war, God said for the sake of David He would save the city. It is also noted in 2 Kings 20: 6. How awesome is that?! May we live a life worthy of God blessing our generations because of our faithfulness to Him. It’s really a beautiful thing to leave a Godly legacy and blessing for one’s generation. – Eruore Oboh