Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reversal of Circumstances

Isaiah 38:4-5
4And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 5"Go and tell Hezekiah, 'Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years.
Has God ever reversed something to you that was taken away or about to be taken away? King Hezekiah was faithful to God in that he tore down the high places where people worshiped false gods. His intent was that the people of Jerusalem would serve the Lord. King Hezekiah fell ill and was near death as the word says. The prophet assigned by God to King Hezekiah informed him that his time on earth was about to be done and to get his house in order. Have you ever received word that something precious to you, including your life, was about to come to a close? Have you ever been told that you were about to lose something? King Hezekiah then turned his face to the wall and began to cry out to the Lord. He reminded the Lord of his faithfulness to him. And because the Lord heard his cry, He restored him. The miracle God used to prove it was the reverse of the sundial. At the University of Maryland College Park, where I went to school, there sits a sundial on McKeldin Mall. The sundial was used to tell the time of day before there were clocks and watches. God did a reversal of the shadow that tells time to show that He would reverse King Hezekiah's dire circumstances. Has God ever reversed anything for you? Have you ever lost something then God did a reverse and gave it back to you? What does reverse mean? The Merriam-Webster's Dictionary gives the first definition of reverse as 1)  opposite to previous or normal condition, 2) acting or working in a manner opposite than usual 3) bringing about reverse movement. I used to hear my assistant pastor speak about God being the keeper of time all the time but then directed us to where it exists in the Word. For Hezekiah, God reversed the time of death and added fifteen years to his life. WOW! Jesus said in the word that worry can take away years but God also shows in His word where He can add or give back years. He can add life. He can give back what seemed lost or hopeless. Only God can give back what seemed lost. What has God reversed in your life? What you do with the reversal of circumstances that God gifts to you will show your gratefulness. Always be faithful and show God your gratefulness.