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Faith and Healing

2 Chronicles 16:11-14 :

Behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa was diseased in his feet. His disease was exceedingly great: yet in his disease he didn’t seek Yahweh, but just the physicians. Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the forty-first year of his reign. They buried him in his own tomb, which he had dug out for himself in David’s city, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and various kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers’ art; and they made a very great fire for him.

One of the worst kinds of faithlessness comes from the religious community. There's something about morality that awakens our pride. We can use it as a way to feel better about ourselves, even if it isn't really deserved most of the time. We can think that we look better than others who don't do as many good deeds as we think we do. One of the ways that this kind of pride is exposed, though, is when we refuse to come to God when we have a need. Instead of seeking God's help, we try to do it all ourselves. This is what ended up happing to Asa in his old age.

He developed some kind of foot disease and instead of asking God for healing, he only sought the help of doctors. Saying something like that today sounds strange. It is the norm for people to never seek God and only seek doctors, but God is recorded as having taken offense to this when Asa did it.

It is good to take a careful look at how God worded this. He said that "he didn’t seek Yahweh, but just the physicians." It didn't say: "he didn't seek God instead of the physicians." This is important because there are those who believe it is actually wrong to see the doctor. The Bible didn't say that here. What is wrong is when we refuse to ask God to help us, whether He chooses to use a doctor or not. God is the creator of doctors, medicine and miracles. No matter how we get healed, God should always get the credit. Even though Asa was honored in his death, God allowed him to die instead of being healed.

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