Friday is coming at us quickly around here. Caresse’s leg surgery is set up EARLY that morning.
She had a cute idea to do a fabric pin with beads, so we put this one together. Cute, huh?
As I was thinking and praying about these two medical issues this morning, the children and I were reading from 2 Chronicles 16...
“...Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but sought help from physicians.” (verse 12). Just last week we read how King Asa and all of Judah sought the LORD’s help when the Ethiopians came against them to destroy them. And then later in chapter 15, King Asa “took courage” and put away the idols in the land and led the people of God “into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul”.
Now, we see King Asa in trouble because he relied on another to win a war for him, instead of relying on the LORD. (Ch. 16:7). Then instead of repenting and humbling himself when Hanani (the prophet) came and confronted him with his sin, he gets angry and throws the messenger in prison. The last chapter of his life ends with his self inflicted destruction...diseased feet and I suspect a prideful heart.
As I thought on this I felt that we have many opportunities in our daily lives to “seek the LORD” and to rely on Him. I’m not saying to not go to doctors and others for help. I’m talking about the heart attitude of dependance and reliance upon the LORD...to seek Him first, to pray to Him about the things that would come against us, and to realize that our enemy is defeated. Victory is ours not by anything else or anyone else that we would seek help from; it’s our because we REPLY ON, SEEK AND BELIEVE that our LORD will give us victory and heal our diseases.
Again, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t seek help from doctors, or others if needed. I believe that doctors are a gift from the LORD. I’m saying that we should be careful that we do SEEK the LORD in all things BEFORE we run to another for help, deliverance, or advise. I pray that when we face sicknesses or problems, we would be families who have made covenants to seek that LORD and to rely on Him. When our hearts are right, then we know where our help and our healing and our victory comes from. When we are sick, or our children or loved ones are sick, do we pray and believe that the LORD can bring healing and help if needed? Or have we put ALL of our faith in doctors and do not even pray to the LORD?
As we were thankful for the help of doctors when mother struggled through almost 4 years with her injured leg and no bone growth, we prayed daily to the LORD, and when we saw healing, my mom said one thing to me...”Tell the children that the LORD hears our prayers and answers them.” We are forever grateful to the doctors that the LORD sent, but it is HIM that we praise, not man.
I encourage us to make decisions each day, whether for medical reasons, financial problems, or anything else that we feel defeated by to seek the LORD and to rely on Him. He will always lead His children.