It is not pointless!
Hezekiah was part of the Bible heroes who believed that it all turns out for the best in the end. People like Joseph who in Genesis 50:20 said to his brothers “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is being done.”
We live in a world where it is easier to be negative and doom-saying than positive and hopeful.
Last week I witnessed some bizarre behaviour. Walking along the bank of the river Ganges in Varanasi, India I saw a group of people having their early morning stroll laughing. But this was forced almost canned laughter. I asked the man with me what was happening and he told me it had nothing to do with the emotion of joy but that of healthy diaphragm use. What a waste of laughter!
The world needs real joy, real laughter, they need to hear a positive message. This is where the Christian steps in.
Life is tough. It is going to hurt at times. We have an enemy. But we do not go under in the storm. We do not have to pretend or force ourselves to look like we are positive.
We are in the hands of God and even though the day could be traumatic we can say with Hezekiah, “Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish”, v17