What changes would you make to your goals and your path today if you knew God had granted you more time than you thought you had? If you are not living your abundant life of purpose now, what are you waiting for? Make the most of every moment…
1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life.
What would you do if you were told to put your house in order? King Hezekiah was told that his illness would be his last. You will not recover, said the Lord.
We all have to die some time, yet the idea of dying at a younger age runs against our sense of fairness and justice. Hezekiah, like most of us, pleaded for more time. What would you do with more time?
It’s an interesting question, given that we should already be living our best life with the days we have, right? Aren’t you already being the best you possible and fulfilling your purpose in life? That’s a gut check. Are you living your abundant life of purpose now?
If you were God, would you grant more time to a person whom you knew was going to squander it? What if you knew the person was going to do damage in their extra time? You wouldn’t want to grant it. So what would you do with another fifteen years?
What changes would you make to your goals and your path today if you knew God had granted you more time than you thought you had? Some of us would want to accomplish a major goal (write a book, climb a mountain, serve a charity), while others would invest heavily in family.
Plan that out. Take the time now to write the goals or plans or changes you would make. Now make the them. Don’t wait. Your fifteen years is now. Use today like it is an extension of your life. Ask God what the purpose is for your tomorrow. Redeem the time – make the most of every moment…