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<< Friday, July 19, 2002 >>
Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8
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Isaiah 38:10-12, 16 Matthew 12:1-8
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"O Lord, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedly I conducted myself in Your presence, doing what was pleasing to You!" —Isaiah 38:3

The Lord loved King Hezekiah. When Hezekiah became terminally ill at the age of 39, the Lord healed him and gave him 15 more years of life (Is 38:5). The Lord even made the sun go backward as a sign of Hezekiah's healing (Is 38:7-8).

King Hezekiah loved the Lord. He conducted himself faithfully and wholeheartedly in the Lord's presence (Is 38:3). "He put his trust in the Lord, the God of Israel; and neither before him nor after him was there anyone like him among all the kings of Judah" (2 Kgs 18:5).

Then Hezekiah became proud (2 Chr 32:25). His house was no longer in order (see Is 38:1). He became deathly sick and didn't even thank the Lord for healing him (2 Chr 32:25). In three years, he fathered a son, Manasseh, and probably did a terrible job of parenting this child, for the son grew up to do "greater evil than all that was done by the Amorites before him" (2 Kgs 21:11).

The great King Hezekiah died a failure after having such a glorious reign. He fell away from the Lord because of the sin of pride. Pride ruined Hezekiah's love. Resist temptations to pride. Don't lose your love.

Prayer: Father, I choose love instead of pride.
Promise: "Those live whom the Lord protects; Yours...the life of my spirit. You have given me health and life." —Is 38:16
Praise: Although a busy priest with many duties, Fr. Peter made time to often visit prisoners and the sick.
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Effects of Sin on audio AV 81-3 or video V-81.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 4, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 2001
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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