Seek Help from the Lord | 2 Chronicles 16:12
2 Chronicles 16:12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians.
How does it happen? How does a person follow hard after God for many years and then blow it at the end? Do we start believing that success comes from us? Do we become worn out by obedience? When does pride drive out humility? Check out this story of Asa.
Asa, the King of Judah, was a bold reformer. He did “what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord.” He led the people to enter into a covenant “to seek the Lord…with all their soul and all their heart.” Asa even deposed his own grandmother “because she made a repulsive Asherah pole.” Then something snapped…spiritually speaking. In his last years, he made a treaty with a pagan king. When God sent a prophet to confront him, Asa became “so enraged that he put [the prophet] in prison” and “brutally oppressed some of the people.” Look at today’s passage. In his illness, “he did not seek help from the Lord.”
How does that happen? What causes the best days of one’s life to be seen only in the rearview mirror? Asa is a great reminder that any one of us can blow it. In the words of the Apostle Paul, we need to strain toward what is ahead and “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
Dear Father, may it not be said of us that our best spiritual days are behind us. Please give us the strength and focus to press on to win the prize. Whatever has happened in our past, may our best spiritual days be in our future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.