Isaiah the prophet goes to Hezekiah with bad news. Hezekiah needs to set his house in order, because he's going to die. (We know the rest of the story. Hezekiah prays, and God gives him fifteen more years of life. Isaiah 38:1-8)
The idea of setting one’s house in order was brought home to me by the thoughtful planning of a friend who passed away recently. His children and grandchildren were blessed to find that everything was taken care of. His house, his car, the inheritance he wanted to leave—all was distributed. He even planned to make signings easy for those from out of town. At a time of great grief, there was comfort in not having to wade through a confusing amount of paperwork and details.
As admirable as it is to have one’s physical house in order, it’s much, much more important to have one’s spiritual house in order.
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord. He said to God, The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD (Isaiah 38:19-20).
The Bible says that when Hezekiah died, the inhabitants of Jerusalem did him honour at his death (from 2 Chronicles 32:33). It also declares him “good.”
What a challenge to set both our houses in order!