Deadline Living

How long?

Sometimes patients hear, “I’m sorry, but you have only a few months to live, at most. I suggest you get your affairs in order.”


One day Isaiah brought King Hezekiah this message: “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live’” (2 Kings 20:1).

Hezekiah was only about 39.

He prayed. He wept.

God granted him 15 more years.

How well?

Ironically,  most of the good we know about Hezekiah belonged to his first 39 years, while all the bad we know about him occurred in those final 15! (2 Kings 20:12-19; 2 Chronicles 32:24-33).

As someone said, “It’s not how long we live that matters, but how well.”

If you knew your time was running out, what changes would you make?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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