For GOD’s sake

Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord and I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David’s sake.”  2 Kings 20:2-6        

In this passage, we see the loving, sovereign mercy of God.  He hears Hezekiah’s prayer; He sees his tears and God answers with the remarkable news that He will heal him and lengthen his life.  God promises to be his Deliverer and Defender.  But notice WHY God does this.  It is NOT for Hezekiah’s sake, but for GOD’s sake and David’s sake.  This is a recurring theme in the Bible…everything that God does is for HIS sake and for His glory!  We benefit from the answered prayer, the healing, the joy, the deliverance, the mercy of God bringing us to HIMSELF and HE gets the glory.