Isaiah 38* Hezekiah's sickness and recovery. (1-8) His thanksgiving.(9-22)1-8 When we pray in our sickness, though God send not to ussuch an answer as he here sent to Hezekiah, yet, if by hisSpirit he bids us be of good cheer, assures us that our sins areforgiven, and that, whether we live or die, we shall be his, wedo not pray in vain. See #2Ki 20:1-11|. 9-22 We have here Hezekiah's thanksgiving. It is well for us toremember the mercies we receive in sickness. Hezekiah recordsthe condition he was in. He dwells upon this; I shall no moresee the Lord. A good man wishes not to live for any other endthan that he may serve God, and have communion with him. Ourpresent residence is like that of a shepherd in his hut, a poor,mean, and cold lodging, and with a trust committed to ourcharge, as the shepherd has. Our days are compared to theweaver's shuttle, #Job 7:6|, passing and repassing very swiftly,every throw leaving a thread behind it; and when finished, thepiece is cut off, taken out of the loom, and showed to ourMaster to be judged of. A good man, when his life is cut off,his cares and fatigues are cut off with it, and he rests fromhis labours. But our times are in God's hand; he has appointedwhat shall be the length of the piece. When sick, we are veryapt to calculate our time, but are still at uncertainty. Itshould be more our care how we shall get safe to another world.And the more we taste of the loving-kindness of God, the morewill our hearts love him, and live to him. It was in love to ourpoor perishing souls that Christ delivered them. The pardon doesnot make the sin not to have been sin, but not to be punished asit deserves. It is pleasant to think of our recoveries fromsickness, when we see them flowing from the pardon of sin.Hezekiah's opportunity to glorify God in this world, he made thebusiness, and pleasure, and end of life. Being recovered, heresolves to abound in praising and serving God. God's promisesare not to do away, but to quicken and encourage the use ofmeans. Life and health are given that we may glorify God and dogood.
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