Day 206: He Could Have Been Healed

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14
Romans 9:1-24
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 20:1
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians. So Asa rested with his fathers… – 2 Chron 16:12-13

Asa died because he would not trust in God for his healing. He sought physicians instead of God. It didn’t have to be that way. In 2 Kings 20, Hezekiah “…was sick and near death” (2 Kings 20:1). Yet he “…turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord” (2 Kings 20:2). Because of Hezekiah’s humble reliance on God for complete healing, God extended his life by fifteen years! Asa would not cry out to God for healing, so he died.

I have no problem with doctors. I have seen God use doctors to assist in miraculous recoveries. Even better, doctors can confirm miracles with scientific evidence, so all the world will know and see the glory of God. This passage does not caution against going to the doctor; it cautions against holding a physician’s opinion above God’s word.

When we rely on medicine and forsake God, we will perish. But when we seek God first, we will be healed!

Prayer:

Father, whenever I am in need of healing, help me to seek You first. You are Jehovah Rapha: the God Who Heals! Healing is not just something You do; it’s who You are! Thank You for healing all diseases, in Jesus’ name.

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