King Hezekiah became ill to the point of death when Isaiah went and said to him, “Put your house in order, you’re going to die.” But it then says that Hezekiah prayed and wept before the Lord and the Lord relented. The human mind would look at this as God yielding, changing His mind, or just being fickle. But to God, relenting is grounded in compassion not whimsy. Psalm 106:45 says, “…and out of His great love He relented.” Though it may appear to us that God was changing His plan… according to His divine perspective…nothing changed.
To know God is a journey that takes a lifetime…each day drawing nearer and receiving more. But the true miracle is being known by Him. For there will come a day when we all must stand before the Lord… either to be recognized and acknowledged or rejected.
The Psalmist says we are to be obsessed by God. Not by the world…not by other people…not by anything other than the Lord. We are to be totally dependent and devoted to God and to God only. Like a tiny child’s awareness so absorbed in his mother, that even if she’s out of sight, his mind is ever set on her. And if a problem arises, he looks immediately to her for help.
Wisdom and the very ability to obtain it is from God. And the legacy of living a long life dedicated to the Lord is the very personification of that Godly wisdom itself.
Our body is the Temple of the living God…with the Holy Spirit residing within our hearts. We are a new creation…our old self has fallen away and we can stand before the Father free from the chains and baggage that have hindered us in the past. The Lord will wipe our tear-stained face and smile lovely into our eyes…and all the past will be gone.
Paul was spurring Timothy on to develop exemplary habits, thoughts, and behaviors… And this would also hold true for us today. For it’s by discipline and instruction that we become the person God wants us to become. And in the end, we will reap the benefit of blessings in this present life and eternal life to come.
We tend to go to the Lord in bad times only…when life is treating us unfairly and we’re filled with sadness. But the Psalmist is telling us – Go to God when your happy and content…Go to Him when life is good and you feel truly blessed of Him. For He desires to hear you during the hard times…but He delights in hearing your praises.