“What a horrible thing it would be to have a prophet tell you to put your house in order because you were going to die! Well that’s exactly what the prophet Isaiah told King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:1). Yet, on account of Hezekiah’s tears God told Isaiah to go back with a different message – God will heal him and grant him 15 more years to his life (20:5-6). On account of two conflicting messages Hezekiah needed a sign to prove that the last update on his predicament was trustworthy. So, Hezekiah, given a choice, asks that the shadow on the stairway be moved forward ten steps rather than back (20:10).
Does that mean that their clocks went backwards or forwards? The question is further confused by determining whether the sun is coming up over that which is casting the shadow or going down from it. Hands up who arrived to church at the wrong time last Sunday? The real issue here is not a good scientific grasp on the events but rather the faith to trust God in what He has said – Hezekiah will live!
I love daylight saving because it means there is a lengthening of the sunshine hours in the day. I feel much better out in the daylight than I do when in the dark. Also, that lengthening of the daylight hours reminds me of a greater miracle than the movement of Hezekiah’s shadow in regards to the ending of his life. That is the miracle of a future where a heavenly city, built by the hand of God, will no longer need the sun for the daytime or a lamp for the night time (Revelation 22:5).
I am reminded in such a vision that there will be no going backward or forward of a shadow over our lives. Our lives will no longer be held in the balance when God makes all things new. That city won’t need the sun or the moon to shine on it because God gives it light and the Lamb is its lamp (Rev 21:23). So remember, if the changing of the clocks has caused you any confusion this year the time is coming when the clock will be no more for Jesus Christ has purchased us by His blood in order to grant us that miracle of Everlasting Life – time for evermore where the gloom of the shadow will no longer be cast.”