Isaiah 39:8 “Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in MY DAYS.”
The prophet Isaiah gives a prophecy to King Hezekiah in the days prior to the nation going into captivity in Babylon (see Isaiah 39:5-8). Hezekiah responds in verse 8 with these words, “Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.” Earlier in chapter 37 when Hezekiah is facing a national calamity hearing of the threat of invasion from Assyria, he humbles himself and prays in dependence upon God. The prophet Isaiah tells him the Assyrians will be defeated and Jerusalem delivered.
In chapter 38 the prophet tells Hezekiah to get his house in order, he’s going to die. Hezekiah turns his face to the wall and cries out to God in prayer. The Lord mercifully adds fifteen years to his life and heals his illness. Now in chapter 39 after the king of Babylon makes a friendly visit possibly to form an alliance against Assyria Hezekiah shows him all of his wealth and treasure. Maybe in pride, or boasting, or possibly to persuade the Babylonian king but there would be no need for any of these if his heart was fully trusting the Lord. Isaiah the prophet of the Lord prophesies two resulting judgments:
- His wealth would be carried off to Babylon.
- Some of his descendants would be forced to serve in the royal courts of Babylon.
Out of no concern for his family, descendants, and nation’s future he says, “This is a good word, there will be peace and truth in MY DAYS.” Maybe he was thinking it was good because there would be a reprieve or breathing space between the struggles with Assyria and the struggles with Babylon. I believe it is more selfish than that. I believe he is not thinking of his legacy and the future but only his own personal peace, personal well being, and personal wealth.
This same spirit seems to have gripped America in her political system as well as in the American church. Political deals and things are done for political expediency and politicians just kick the political problems down the road. Some seem only concerned about staying in office and having it good in their days while selling out future generations. Decisions like that will have consequences for future generations.
In the church, we tolerate compromise, the leaven of false teaching, and errant doctrines. God help us if our motive is only for our personal peace and personal prosperity.
Spiritual blindness can be in some of our pulpits as well as in the pews. As Jeremiah the prophet said, “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so. And what will ye do in the end thereof Jeremiah 6:31.” The mood at times seems to be, “Don’t make waves, go with the flow.” “Don’t stand up and speak up,” just go along with what’s popular if you want the crowd to grow and the money to keep flowing in. “Don’t you dare earnestly contend for the faith and say anything negative about what’s the current fad.” How about giving our highest loyalty to the truth as 2 Corinthians 13:8 says, “For we can do nothing against the truth but for the truth.”
Do we only care about peace and prosperity in our time and generation of the church? Stand up for the truth and earnestly contend for the faith. It is time to become valiant for the truth (Jeremiah 9:3) for our natural family, our church family, and future generations of both so they can have peace in their time. My prayer is that the Lord will grant us all boldness to speak the word and truth as we ought to speak it.