Hezekaih has been able to ride out the storms.  The Syrians and the Assyrians have failed to conquer his faith.  Now only the march of time threatens his life.

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.  Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,  I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.  2 Kings 20:1-3

The king is mortal, and yet hopes to continue in this life.  His faith is not locked to a prophet’s message if he can remember to ask.  You have not because you ask not!  God will not allow us to lean on a man for all of our needs, so we need to seek God too.  A pastor can point you to God as a conduit of Holy Ghost communication.  That is part of our trinity relationship, but prayer to the Father and reading the Word are the other two parts of the godhead.  Hezekiah gets it.

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,  Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.  And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.  2 Kings 20:5-6

The request of faith was not double minded, so it is double rewarded.  His life and the freedom of Judah are his rewards.  God will heal him, and he asks for proof anyway.  God gives him as sign like no other before or since.  Hezekiah’s departure and the flight of the earth are both rescheduled.

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.  And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?  And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?  And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.  And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.  2 Kings 20:7-11

Astronomers are discovering how little we know about the universe.  What could cause the earth to reverse rotation for an hour?  We know that God is the cause, but science has time to discover the mechanism he may have used.  I enjoy watching science catch up with the scriptures.  Were we passed by a near earth asteroid, causing an axis wobble?  Someday the evidence will awaken the observant watchers and we may read about it.  We can be aware of it now and take the discovery as our own proof when it comes.  Belief will be confirmed in God’s time.  Other scriptures are about to be confirmed for this generation of Hezekiah.

At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.  And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.  Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.  And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.  2 Kings 20:12-15 

After the Egyptians cleaned out the temple, and armies keep coming to load up the gold, one might expect this to be a problem.  God must be blessing them richly to keep replacing the gold after all these raids.  Isaiah is asking these questions for a reason.

And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.  Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.  And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.  Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?  And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?  And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.  2 Kings 20:16-21 

Even in the night there are lights to reflect the glory of the Son, as the moon reflects the sun.  Clouds may take them from sight, but by faith the light is still there.  The night ahead is not filled with terrors as we remember to ask for the light.  We will always have stars to navigate by, and the promise of a new day from the morning star.