2 Kings 20:1-5 (NLT) 1 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.”
2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
4 But before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, this message came to him from the Lord: 5 “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the Lord.
Humanity has become deathly ill. As of writing this mediation 434,595 people have contracted the coronavirus and 19,603 people have died. This number is growing exponentially daily. We have been given a diagnosis which is bleak and disturbing. Many in the religious community are debating wether this is the wrath of God. People are asking and others rebuking the notion of the coronavirus as God bringing judgement upon humanity. I find these conversations to lack depth, compassion, and the complexity God personally injects into every situation.
The narrative about King Hezekiah is instructive for us. Isaiah let Hezekiah know that God had sent him a message regarding his diagnosis. The message wass not a judgement but merely a disturbing diagnosis and an urgent directive. God told Hezekiah (through Isaiah) he would not recover from his illness and therefore should get his affairs in order. Hezekiah in response turned his face to the wall in humility and begged God to heal him. God immediately enacted his healing. In this narrative God did not judge. Isaiah did not interject his own opinion into God’s message. Hezekiah humbled himself and reached out and pleaded for the compassion of God. God responded with healing.
The mission for us is not to exercise futile arguments on wether or not God has sent the coronavirus. Pastors our job is to deliver a sobering and timely message devoid of our opinion; we all need to turn our faces to the wall otherwise get our affairs in order.
Lord we pray today that masses of people turn their faces to the wall, cry out to your compassion, and give their lives to You!