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THE EXHORTER

“And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” Acts 2:40

The Palmer Road church of Christ, Westland, Mi.

February 23, 2020

Jump Start # 2093

2 Chronicles 16:12 "In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians."

Asa was one of the early kings of Judah. He was the great grandson of Solomon. He served a long, long time, forty-one years. He is the first of the good kings. He did many great things to get the nation back on center with God. He tore down the idols that his father had set up. He removed his mom from being the queen mother after she set up a horrid idol. When a massive million man Ethiopian army invaded, he sought the Lord and they devastated the invaders. He was compared to David, the greatest king in the Old Testament.

Asa made two mistakes late in his reign. When their fellow brothers, Israel, invaded, he did not seek the Lord. Instead he took money out of the Temple treasury and paid the Syrians to fight on his side. When a prophet rebuked him for not seeking the Lord, Asa put the prophet in prison.

Then our verse today. Asa had a personal problem, diseased feet. He did not seek the Lord, nor ask the Lord to help him. Instead, he consulted physicians. In just a few years the disease would take his life.

Asa is a reminder to all of us not to take our foot off the accelerator of our faith. There isn't a time to coast. There isn't a time to stop. We must never retire nor quit. Asa did. The end of his life was marked with continual wars because he failed to seek the Lord.

I find it interesting that when the nation was at war, he sought the Lord. However, when there was a personal problem, he sought the doctors. Could we also stand in the shadows of Asa? National problems, we pray. Church issues, we pray. But a problem with our feet, we don't seek the Lord. I wonder why? I wonder if this was not so much about his feet as it was his faith. He had seen the Lord fight battles for him. The Lord was on his side.

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Yet, immediately after saying this, Jesus told the disciples to pray for their daily bread. Doesn't God know that we have to eat? Why pray for food? He knows we need it. Because it shows us that we are dependent upon Him. It illustrates that we need Him. It connects His blessings to our lives.

It's easy to just assume God will take care of it. Maybe Asa would have lived longer had he prayed about his feet.

 

Most fall away not by a major blowout, but by a slow leak. We don't pay attention to the basics. We gloss over the details. We get casual and sloppy in our walk with the Lord.

Asa had foot disease. He didn't seek the Lord. I wonder how many have a spiritual heart disease. They are discouraged, plagued with worry and fear and rather than seek the Lord, we seek physical cures. We take a vacation thinking that will cure our discouragement. It doesn't. We take up hobbies, thinking that will take away the worry in our hearts. It won't. We try this and that and everything but the Lord. And, like Asa, our heart disease will kill us. It doesn't have to, but we must realize that we need help. We need to see that we have a problem. We are diseased. Things are not supposed to be this way. But doing nothing, or doing the wrong things, only leads to our death.

Asa didn't seek the Lord. Will you?

Roger Shouse (Used by Permission)