Set Your House In Order

Southaven, Ms

By: Mike Upchurch

“Set your house in order.”  Can you imagine hearing those words and then realize the pending outcome they would bring?  But that is exactly what King Hezekiah heard from the Lord through the prophet Isaiah.

 “In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’ ””‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭38:1

Of course we know the rest of the story. How that the Lord heard his prayer and saw his tears and added 15 years to his life. But as a side note to the story, I’ve said many times that God knows everything today He will know tomorrow, and Hezekiah didn’t change the Lord’s mind.  God knew all along what He would do. The important thing to take away from the story is that Hezekiah reminded the Lord of his faithfulness…..”Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” (v3)

He had something to offer the Lord in that he had walked uprightly before Him.   That is what we must learn; that Hezekiah did the best he could everyday and could boast of living for Him!  Will we be able to say the same to the Lord?

But to continue, that warning of setting your house in order could come to any of us at any time, as we just do not get to have tomorrow as a promise. So in that regard it makes sense to have your house in order at all times. Remember the parable Jesus told of the bell tolling for a rich man…..

Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:18-21‬

So at all times have your house in order.  Pay your debts, live peaceably among men, walk uprightly, conduct your affairs as if tomorrow isn’t coming, live in forgiveness for all those who have wronged you, and strive to keep the commandments.  That just happens to be a really good way to live. Pillow your head at night knowing you operated that day as best you could. Be determined not to carry anger to bed, and be confident that you treated everyone well that day. 

Sounds impossible at times but it’s the path to peace. If we know that we have not intentionally wronged anyone, have forgiven those who wronged us, have treated people fairly, have walked in love with the people around us, have tried as best we could to keep the commandments, well then we are on the PERFECT path to peace and to salvation. 

That’s my goal each night. To look back on the day knowing I did my best.  If I’m at peace and I awake on the other side of Glory then I’ll have no regrets. Do I always accomplish that?  Absolutely not. But I strive to!

Set your house in order today. Lay down to rest tonight and each night henceforth knowing you’ve done your best.  You’ll awake with no regrets no matter where you awake!  And if a Prophet ever comes to you with those words the King heard, you just might be able to plead your case with confidence!  Of course King Hezekiah lived B.C., or before Christ, and gratefully for us Jesus’ finished work on the cross allows us to be forgiven when we fail.  But still, we can strive to have our house in order each day ensuring we’ll have a good testimony!

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike