Set Your House In Order

In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
— Isaiah 38:1-4 NKJV

Man is made up of spirit, soul, and body. The Father has imbued us with His Spirit. Life in the Spirit of the Lord is far more beneficial than life without Him. When we look at the beauty of creation, we are speechless to describe what we see. From the heights of the sky to the depths of the ocean, from the tallest mountains to the deepest valleys, from plants to animals and across all nature, everything is magnificently made. All of these things that the Father has made function according to His order. The four seasons come and go, and the environment adjusts accordingly. The sun rises in the morning and sets at dusk. Everything produces after itself without complaint. There is much more to describe, but it is clear that in everything we see, we see the order of the Father.

Man is the only creature God created that is out of order. Because he is in disorder, man lives in a state of perpetual confusion, obsessed with the pursuit of self-gratification, always trying to find himself. Desperately, he invents all sorts of things that he hopes will fill the voids in his life, but they only continue to mislead him. In the midst of the chaos of sinful life, man generally forgets and rejects the Father, and who he is or could be in the Father, yet the Father continues to send him reminders. Isaiah the prophet told King Hezekiah he was going to die because his house was not in order. One’s house denotes a place of habitation, a private place where only a few are allowed to enter. Order stems from one’s heart! Learning to walk personally with the Father in a life that is in proper balance affords one a fantastic peace that is beyond description. The more we wholeheartedly choose to relate to the Father, the more we desire the very essence of His being…and before we know it, we start to function like Him: loving the things He loves, doing the things He shows us, despising evil, and holding onto the good. We begin to see in the mirror the expressed image of the Father.

Death comes spiritually and naturally when our house is in disorder. We must not turn a blind eye to deception and sin, even if it is found in us or in those who are in closest relationship with us! We must stand our ground to correct our steps, change our path, or make the crooked ways straight. Our loved ones may abandon us, but we must remember that our order is not of this natural environment, but of our Father. It is vital that we develop the discipline to search own hearts (house), ruthlessly purging any inconsistencies we find there. Decay is costly, so we must not delay. The starting place of change is on our knees, bowing our hearts and praying to the Father. If we trust Him, we allow Him to set everything in order!