Asa’s Disease

And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.

II Chronicles 16:12

This is the sad end to the life of Asa,  a great man and a great king.  Toward the end of his life, he was “diseased in his feet”.  This disease was said to be “exceeding great”.  I don’t know what the disease was, but it was bad enough that the physicians couldn’t help him and ended up dying within two years.  According to this verse, his main problem was in the fact that he did not seek the Lord.  Even though this was an “exceeding great” disease, he sought the help of the world and not the help of the Lord.

The application for us is simple.  We all have an “exceeding great” disease that is eating us up and destroying us.  Like Asa’s disease, it is absolutely crippling and it will end in death.  Our disease is sin.  And there is only one remedy for sin.  We can spend our entire lives searching the wisdom of the world to try to come up with some kind of covering for our sin, but it will be to no avail.  We can try the world’s “physicians”, but they can’t help at all with this disease.  Only God can heal the disease of sin.  John the Baptist said of Jesus “Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”. 

How often have we tried to go to the “physicians” for the spiritual healing and cleansing that comes only through the blood of Jesus Christ?  Every one of us has that old disease of sin within ourselves.  May we always seek the Lord to rid us of it!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I have a friend who attends a Unitarian church. She says she likes it because it is a place to learn how to be a good person and address social justice issues. But you have hit the nail on the head. We cannot “learn” from the world how to be good. We cannot create social justice on our own. Only Christ can change us and free us from the disease of sin and selfishness that is within each one of us. Peace, Linda


    • That is so true. I know quite a few people who are “good people” in the eyes of the world (and in their own eyes), but have not been changed on the inside by Christ. I always think it’s sad because they are very nice people, but they still need the Lord.


  2. It seems we look everywhere else first. How patient and long suffering He is! And how grateful I am that He has cleansed me and healed me in the ways only He can. Thanks Ben, for lifting up the Truth of Jesus! deb


    • Thanks, Deb. He is patient and longsuffering and I know what you mean about looking everywhere else first. That seems to be me most of the time. But He has never rejected me when I’ve come to Him yet, so I will just keep coming!


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