For those of you who have been following my blog for the past few weeks, you will know that I have been working through 2 Kings as I am reading through the bible in a year. I recently came across a passage which seems to suggest that God changes His mind.
“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.”Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “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.
Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “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. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” (2 Kings 20:1-6)
A lot of the passages we read in the bible can be quite confusing and can seem contradictory, but if we take scripture as a whole we can find a way through the confusion.
As we ponder this passage I want to consider 2 truths from the bible;
1. God knows all things
Two passages that confirm this are; 1 John 3:20 and John 21:17
2. God does not change His mind
Amongst other passages, we can look at 1 Samuel 15:29
The fact that God knows all things means He knew that Hezekiah was going to repent, (which may not have happened if Isaiah had not prophesied to him). I believe that there are two perspectives here: from God’s perspective, He didn’t change his mind. He knew how Hezekiah would respond from eternity past and graciously sent him a warning, knowing it would lead to repentance and another 15 years on the throne. From our perspective He has changed His mind.
The thing we can miss by analysing this too closely and trying to explain the mysteries of God is – God loves to hear our prayers and acts accordingly. The amazing thing is that God hears our prayers and is motivated by our heartfelt repentance. We see this type of scenario repeated again and again in the bible, where God accomplishes extraordinary things through prayers of faith. We certainly need to get hold of the truth that prayer matters.
Do you have any prayers that you have given up on? Why not get on your knees before the God who graciously answers prayer and who even seems to change His mind!
I hope you don’t mind me adding this video, but it helps to highlight the power of persitent faithful prayer. This amazing healing testimony happened this week. Have a look and be amazed