Isaiah 38:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

For many people, the very thought that one day, their journey on this earth must come to an end is a taboo topic. It has no room near their speaking and thinking. For those who dare to think about it, it often fills them with absolute dread because in those moments, many begin to question their life choices, as though to consider the prospect of making different ones if offered the chance.

There are however others like Saint Paul who was torn between two choices, ending his journey or pressing on. For himself, he found the former better (Phil 1:22-26). Hezekiah on the other hand chooses the middle ground and thus entered into a negotiation with God. And we ask why?

We find a clue in the words Isaiah told him. Words that set the tone for us to consider in the same vain a very straightforward question: ‘is your house in order?’

If yes, then you might be unfazed at the thought of reaching the end of your life’s journey, even looking forward to it. But if the answer is anything but that, then the panic button will seem to have been pushed.

As much as this message sounds unpalatable, it is a clarion call to consider what is going on in ‘our houses’ – although not in a literal sense. And armed with this knowing, we ought to start making the appropriate choices to set them in order. Not because we have reached the end of our journey, but so that when we do, we don’t hit panic mode.

Everyday presents a new opportunity to set your house order and today is no exception. Don’t lose the opportunity.


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