From Gary... Rock Bottom

Have you ever hit "rock bottom"; so low, that you could not imagine a worse thing that could happen to you? Almost die? About to see everything around you be destroyed and felt like your life has been a complete waste? Even thinking about these things is depressing, isn't it?  But, these things can (and sometimes, do) happen in life.  When I think of these things, my thoughts turn to Hezekiah and how when faced with an overwhelming aggressor (Assyria) he turns to God and the Almighty does wondrous things (see 2 Kings, Chapter 19)!!! Then, at the beginning of the very next chapter, this happens...

2 Kings, Chapter 20 (WEB)

 1 In those days was Hezekiah sick to death. Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says Yahweh, ‘Set your house in order; for you shall die, and not live.’” 

  2  Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed to Yahweh, saying,  3 “Remember now, Yahweh, I beg you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight.” Hezekiah wept bitterly. 

  4  Before Isaiah had gone out into the middle part of the city, Yahweh’s word came to him, saying,  5 “Turn back, and tell Hezekiah the prince of my people, ‘Thus says Yahweh, the God of David your father, “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day, you shall go up to Yahweh’s house.  6 I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”’” 

  7  Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” 

They took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.  8 Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that Yahweh will heal me, and that I shall go up to Yahweh’s house the third day?” 

  9  Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do the thing that he has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?” 

  10  Hezekiah answered, “It is a light thing for the shadow to go forward ten steps. Nay, but let the shadow return backward ten steps.” 

  11  Isaiah the prophet cried to Yahweh; and he brought the shadow ten steps backward, by which it had gone down on the dial of Ahaz. 

After seeing God's dealings with both the nation and himself, Hezekiah has the nerve to ask for a sign. Hubris, plain and simple. But, God does provide the sign and Hezekiah is blessed. But, again we see Hezekiah's pride towards the end of the chapter.

2 Kings, Chapter 20 (WEB)
12  At that time Berodach Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.  13 Hezekiah listened to them, and showed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious oil, and the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn’t show them.  14 Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? From where did they come to you?” 

Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, even from Babylon.” 

  15  He said, “What have they seen in your house?” 

Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.” 

  16  Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear Yahweh’s word.  17 ‘Behold, the days come, that all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have laid up in store to this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left,’ says Yahweh.  18 ‘Of your sons who shall issue from you, whom you shall father, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’” 

  19  Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “Yahweh’s word which you have spoken is good.” He said moreover, “Isn’t it so, if peace and truth shall be in my days?” 

  20  Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made the pool, and the conduit, and brought water into the city, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 21 Hezekiah slept with his fathers; and Manasseh his son reigned in his place. 

All this to say the following: When you meet God at the "rock bottom" of your life and are delivered out of your calamity, don't let pride raise its ugly head again.  Your pride just might live on after you. In Hezekiah's case it did....

Jeremiah, Chapter 15 (WEB)
 1 Then Yahweh said to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind would not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go out.  2 It shall happen, when they tell you, Where shall we go out? Then you shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh: Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for captivity, to captivity.  3 I will appoint over them four kinds, says Yahweh: the sword to kill, and the dogs to tear, and the birds of the sky, and the animals of the earth, to devour and to destroy.  4 I will cause them to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.