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Seeking the Lord | Nikki Metzger
S~ 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. 2 Chronicles 16:12 (NIV)
O~ Years before this what God’s Word says about Asa and the people: They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul. (2 Chronicles 15:12)
A~ God raised up Asa to be a lamp in Jerusalem (1 Kings 15:4). There was no way Asa should have followed the Lord based on his family tree – God made Asa the lamp. From my bird’s eye view of Asa’s life – it didn’t turn out well. He started out handpicked by God to make Jerusalem strong, started his kingship by making a covenant to seek the Lord. And it all ended with him dying from diabetes (probably) and never seeking God.
Somewhere in Asa’s life, he stopped pursuing God. If it can happen to Asa, it can happen to me. Asa’s reign was marked by peace. Did that peace grow into pride that Asa thought it was all his own doing?
Maybe a continual place of comfort is not good for my soul? While I crave comfort, no fighting, no problems in my life….could it distance me from my Savior? I think it does! Continual comfort sets me up like Asa. So at the end, I’m not seeking the Lord.
I have found a whole new level of gratitude from the stress of raising teenagers, it’s kept me on my knees in front of God begging for wisdom, patience, and intervention from Him. I’m thankful for an imperfect marriage; the Lord has taught me about grace, forgiveness, and loving like Christ even when it’s not convenient.
And this current season of health issues and financial concerns…it is drawing me closer to God than I’ve ever been. He is teach me that He is in control – I am not.
P~ Father, thank You for recording Asa’s life! His end is marked by a disease of indulgence and not seeking You. You have full permission to get my attention anyway, anyhow to bring me back to You! Thank You for this new perspective on my problems and the hard things in my life! It’s not about me, it’s about You!
Lord, I need Your help with my health! There is so much information with science, plus all the information that You know that science doesn’t know yet! Guide me in this journey with Your wisdom and knowledge! In Jesus’ Name I pray!
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