Friday, July 27, 2012

Are you living life shorthanded?


2 Chronicles 16:11-12 - The events of Asa's reign, from beginning to end, are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.  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.

The economic predictions for the near and long term future are ominous.  Decisions confront us:  long-term care, Social Security, when should I retire or should I?  If we listen to the world, the future looks bleak if not, at best, challenging.  We must make decisions because we all live in the “real world.”

Asa was a King of Israel; even though he was King, he lived in the real world.  No doubt he could afford the best health care of his day, but he had a severe foot disease.  His problem, the writer of Chronicles reveals, is this—he only sought help of the physicians, not the help of the Lord.

Yes, we face many challenges as we all grow older but who brought us this far?  The Lord did.  In Psalm 139:16 is says in part ”all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”   Yes, the Lord runs the ship; He rules with physicians and everyone else but we, in the end, all answer to Him.

Afraid of the future; concerned about tomorrow?  Work with the people who God has sovereignly put into your life, physicians included.  Entrust it all to the Lord for He cares for you.  (“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7)

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