“Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live” (2 Kings 20:1).
God uses the prophet Isaiah to deliver this unexpected message to King Hezekiah as he lies deathly ill on his bed one day. Without a moment’s delay, the king turns his face to the wall and makes a passionate plea to God for his life.
Not having the same direct connection King Hezekiah had, we are not going to receive a warning as he did: God will not send us a direct message telling us we are going to die, thus giving us time to make right our wrongs and failures. But we do have the message of the scriptures telling us exactly how God wants us to serve Him.
The beginning of a year is a wonderful time for us to renew our acquaintance with that life-saving message and to make a commitment to God that we are going to correct our failures and to do our best to be a better servant this year than we ever have before.