2Kings 20:1 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.
Can you imagine getting this word from the Lord? Hezekiah will actually ask the Lord and be given 15 more years of life. He will waste those years.
As I read this verse and meditated on my life I asked myself what I would do if I got this message? The truth is that we all could get this message any day of our lives. It could come from a doctor telling us that we are going to die, an accident that will put us at death’s door, or any of a thousand things.
If this message came to you what would you have to do to put your house in order, there are a lot of burnaby condos for sale that need to set their house in order. There are all the things that we are warned to do by the life insurance salesman; get life insurance, make funeral arrangements, make sure your wife knows where everything is, etc. But what other arrangements would you have to make.
I have sat by the bed of a good friend who was dying prematurely. I have an idea of the stress that he and his family were under. As a pastor I have been close to death several times. So let today be a reminder to set your house in order.
Would you need to change the way you live? Would you need to change the way you talk to your spouse? Would you need to confess sin? Would you need to try and get close to God real quickly?
How would the news that you were going to die affect your priorities? Would you work less and spend more time with family? Would you pray more? Would this change what you watch on TV or the Internet?
Let’s think about getting ready to die before it is time. We probably will not get the warning that Hezekiah got. It will probably just happen and it will be over here on earth. So what about getting ready right now?
We are all going to die. Are you sure that you are a born again child of God? Are you ready to die? Set your house in order because sooner or later the same message is coming to you!