2 Kings 20:5—Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
God warned Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah that he was about to die. Hezekiah pleaded with God with tears for longer life. God granted him fifteen more years and promised to keep Jerusalem from being conquered. God even gave him reassurance that it would happen by a sign. The shadow of the sun moved backward ten steps. Sometimes we are given extra time. Perhaps it is an answer to prayer or the intervention of a doctor that is at the right place at the right time with the specific knowledge of what one needs. What will we do with that extra time? Hezekiah grew proud (2Chronicles 32:25). He showed the emissaries from Babylon all his treasure which would incite a future conquest of Judah by Babylon. He fathered a son that would be one of the worst kings in Judah’s history. God tested him to reveal what was in his heart, and Hezekiah again humbled himself before the Lord.