The dictionary defines the word sovereign as, “a person who has supreme power or authority.” Another definition is “a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.” Hezekiah was the sovereign ruler of the nation of Judah. His word was final. He understood that whatever he commanded would be carried out. However, Hezekiah also understood that he was a man under authority. He knew that his own supreme power was limited at the feet of his God, the true sovereign ruler of not only Judah, but of everything.
So when God’s messenger sent word that Hezekiah was going to die, Hezekiah went to the one who held his life in his hands to ask for an extension. It is a pretty remarkable story because when God does grant the extension of fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life, he also defies the laws of nature by causing the earth to spin in the opposite direction. I don’t know if you have ever thought about all that it would take to make the earth spin the other way; however I am sure that would mess with gravity, tides, ocean currents, weather patterns, and more. Yet, the Bible does not record any other strange side effects except the sundial shadow moving back a full ten steps (or hours).
God is sovereign over everything. He holds this world and our weather, our health, our days, our nights, and our very lives in his hands. When you start to think that you have somehow arrived, just remember that God holds you in his hands. He is not an angry God wanting to crush you, but a God that is willing to hear you and respond to you. Just remember that when he numbers our days, we may want to trust him. It was after the extension of his years that pride causes Hezekiah to show off all the treasures of Judah to the Babylonian delegates. God could have saved Hezekiah from that by letting him die, yet he chose to grant and extension on life. God always knows best and has our best in mind.