Isaiah 39

“Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live” (v16). King Hezekiah was gravely ill, at the “point of death” (v1), which the prophet Isaiah confirmed. However, in response to Hezekiah’s desperate prayers, God miraculously healed him and added fifteen years to his life (v5). Hezekiah realized that the “anguish of his soul” (v15) was a lesson in humility, and he was grateful for how he had experienced both suffering and God’s help.

“He has spoken to me” (v15). God can work through our suffering in order to speak to us, to draw us closer, and to reveal Himself as the God who loves us.