“Behold, I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down.” – Isaiah 38:7-8
King Hezekiah was told he would die soon and he cried out to God and wept bitterly. God then heard his prayer and answered by telling him he would be allowed to live fifteen more years. As a result, Hezekiah had a new appreciation for life and was restored in heart and soul. He asked for a sign and God gave him one. It was an amazing sign and very personal. God literally moved heaven and earth to bring comfort and peace to one man!
God has done that today too. He has given us a sign in a very personal way. Just like with Hezekiah, God moved heaven and earth for us. In fact, He sent heaven down to earth in His son, our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! This is His promise to us not just for fifteen years of life, but His promise is for life eternal in heaven if we simply ask Jesus to be our Savior. Is He your Savior yet? Will your life be “extended” in eternity in heaven?
In the verses that follow this miracle, Hezekiah prays and thanks God and says, “…But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind your back.” How amazing! The Bible tells us that when we come to Christ and accept Him into our hearts, our sins are washed away and never to be remembered again by Him. We are new creations, born again and renewed! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
God has shown us a sign and made a promise to each one of us and it is very personal. How will you respond to that promise today? If you have never responded to it, will you continue to ignore Him like you always have or will you accept Him and His promise today?
“When God forgives and restores His people, He wants them to forget the failures of the past, witness for Him in the present, and claim His promises for the future. Why should we remember that which God has forgotten?” – Wiersbe