Tuesday, July 23

Short-sighted

Scripture: 2 Kings 20, Isaiah 38-39, Psalm 75, 1 Peter 2

2 Kings 20:19 “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?”

Observation

King Hezekiah was short-sighted.  

The prophet Isaiah had just told him that in the future, Babylon would conquer Judah and confiscate his treasures and even take his off-spring into captivity.  It was a message that should have caused grief, repentance and prayer.  “Is there anything I can do to change this?”  Instead, Hezekiah’s response was, “The word of the Lord is good.”  And he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”  

As long as disaster didn’t strike in his lifetime, he was ok with it!  

Earlier in the chapter, when Hezekiah was sick, Isaiah told him he was going to die, so get his house in order.  Hezekiah prayed and God granted him an extra 15 years.  But those were costly years.  Manasseh was born during those years and succeeded his father and became one of Judah’s worst kings, leading them into idolatry and decline.  Hezekiah got his way, but the future cost to his kingdom and family were great.  Short-sighted.

Application

This has always spoken to me, but now more than ever since I’m in the transition period of handing leadership over to Michael.  It would be easy to be short-sighted and only care about my own success or well-being—but I can’t do that.  I want Michael to succeed—to exceed me—and I want Life Center’s best days to be in front of her.  So I’m trying to make every decision in light of our future, not just my present.  I want to do things now that will position us for success and growth in the future.  I don’t want to be short-sighted and make decisions only for my own well-being.

Prayer: Lord, help me to always have the long view, not the short view; the others-centered perspective, not the selfish one.