Was Hezekiah a great man of God? Indeed, he was one of the most godly of all of the kings of Judah. He sought the Lord and obeyed Him in many ways, and he cleansed the nation of the abominable idols of his forebears. He was such a man of God, in fact, that the Lord miraculously healed him of a terminal illness and extended his life by 15 years (2 Kings 20).
Sadly, that great act of God’s mercy was Hezekiah's undoing. The king made several mistakes during that grace period, the first of which he paraded of Judah's wealth before the Babylonians. Isaiah the prophet scolded him, saying "all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon" (v.17).
On top of this folly was the fact that Hezekiah lost his vision for the future. Isaiah went on to predict, "And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon" (v.18). Can you even imagine what it would be like if your children or grandchildren would be emasculated and left childless--not to mention that they would be servants of the enemy? But this didn't seem to faze the king. In fact, his reply was quite nonchalant: “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?” (v.19)
How tragic that Hezekiah's vision reached no further than his own life and comfort. And yet, doesn't this accurately describe many believers today? It's as if we are saying, "As long as I'm happy, the world is happy." Our satisfaction with the status quo may well be the greatest barrier to future spiritual generations. Let's be sure to keep our eyes fixed on the Father's heart for the nations.