Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD: ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the LORD. ‘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.’ ” So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?”
(2 Kings 20:16-19, NKJV)
Take a moment to re-read what Isaiah said to King Hezekiah. Devastation. Plundered. Captivity and being conquered. Children castrated. This is bad stuff.
What is King Hezekiah’s answer? “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?” The English Standard Version reads this way,
Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”
(2 Kings 20:19)
Well, that’s really bad stuff, but at least it won’t happen in my time. I can understand how the King would be led to think that way. But before this event, King Hezekiah had taken his eye off the ball. After he was healed by God from a fatal illness, he became lifted up with pride (2 Chronicles 32:25-26). He humbled himself and repented of that pride, but the punishment was already put in place. It was during those years that Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, was born and raised. Manasseh turned out to be the worst, most evil king God’s people ever had.
The mentality of “At Least In My Days” is not just found in Hezekiah’s life. It is found in the church. Sometimes leaders, preachers, elders, parents, etc. are not thinking generation-ally. “Things are going well now at our congregation,” we may think, but are we planning for the next generation of leaders (teachers, preachers, shepherds?). Do we even see the need to do that? If we are going to be faithful to God as leaders in God’s church, then we must diligently and purposefully mentor the next generation of leaders.
Listen to the words of Paul,
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
(2 Timothy 2:2)
Consider the above verse. Do you see four generations in that passage? Paul –> Timothy –> Faithful men –> Others
Paul wants us to think, talk, plan and behave in a generational way in the church. You see, if you read later in 2 Timothy, Paul through the Holy Spirit knew that things would get worse for the churches. Evil men would grow worse (2 Timothy 3), and people would develop itching ears and heap up false teachers to themselves (2 Timothy 4). Yes, that is bad, but our solution is not to say, “Well, at least we have great leaders now. At least things are going well now and our church is strong now.” That’s not good enough. Think generation-ally.
But how we do that on a practical level? More to come on this soon.