May 2 – Isaiah
Envoys From Babylon
At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery. 2 Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”
“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”
4 The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”
“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: 6 The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. 7 And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
8 “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”
It’s Not All About Me | Marianne Toovey
My Bible notes explain that King Hezekiah was showing off his belongings in an attempt to prove himself a worthy ally to Babylon. Isaiah, unfortunately, informs him that this plan will backfire. Knowing what Judah has will only increase Babylon’s desire to conquer them. But, though they will eventually succeed, there will be peace for the rest of Hezekiah’s life. He accepts this message from God because it works out well for him.
It’s kind of a selfish way of thinking, but I too am guilty of a similar mindset. “Yes, pain and suffering may be on the way, but I don’t have to deal with it so let’s party!” But ultimately, consequences will be suffered, and if there’s anything I can do (such as, I don’t know, following God better maybe?) to make the burden on my family easier, well then I should do it! If I truly cared about those I say I love, I’d be doing everything I can to help them.
I don’t want my family to suffer for the stupid choices I sometimes make. Help me first to shift my focus from me to You so that these mistakes happen less frequently. But also help me to learn from the mistakes I do make and fully turn away from them. Don’t let me fall complacent now when I can be working toward a bright future for those I love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.