“What have they seen in your house?”
— Isaiah 39:4
Hezekiah was a God-fearing king of Judah. He was taken sick with a deadly “boil” and was told by the prophet Isaiah, “Set your house in order: for you shall die, and not live” (Isaiah 38:1).
In answer to Hezekiah’s desperate prayer the Lord healed him and added 15 years to his life (verse 5). The news of Hezekiah’s recovery reached the king of Babylon who sent a delegation to Jerusalem to congratulate him.
What an opportunity for Hezekiah to witness to these ungodly men and tell them of Israel’s God. But instead, Hezekiah proudly shows them his wealth, his power, his possessions—the vessels of gold and of silver, his army and armaments. But we do not read that he spoke one word about the Lord and His faithfulness.
God sent Isaiah to the palace and faced the king with a question, “What have they seen in your house?” and Hezekiah had no answer except that they had seen nothing of the Lord, but only the things which he had accumulated.
The men left as ignorant of Israel’s God as when they had come. What an opportunity! Hezekiah had lost it and as a result the prophet pronounces judgment. He declared that this very Babylon would soon come and spoil the city; carrying away the treasures and would completely destroy the house of God.
What do men see in our house when they visit us? Is there anything to indicate that we are believers? What would they discover in our magazine racks? What would they find us listening to on the radio or watching on the television? What would be the main topic of conversation?
Do people come to visit us and leave again without seeing anything to suggest that we are Christians? Soon we, our treasures, and ultimately even our homes will be gone—but the spiritual impact of our lives will remain. Tell me, “What have they seen in your house?”