Divrei Hayamim II – Sixteen: Experts

“And Asa suffered from a foot ailment in the thirty-ninth year of his reign until his ailment spread upward, and also in his illness, he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians (Chronicles II 16:12).” Asa lives with his illness for two years, dying in the forty-first year of his reign. And I have to say, while I know that in biblical times the qualifications of physicians were probably dubious at best, I’m totally Team Asa when it comes to his decision to be a bit more pragmatic in attempting to treat his ailments. I completely support and believe in the power of prayer, but when it comes to taking care of business, I also think it’s incumbent upon us to be proactive and to take charge of situations. This can mean relying on experts, doing our own research, or any number of other things that are not just hoping for the best and staying stagnate. Prayer, thoughts, and good wishes (or whatever else you want to call those inner pleas of the heart) are incredible, powerful things. But they’re at their best when combined with action. Asa seems to remove God from the situation entirely, but I’m advocating for an integration of the power of God and man for our success.


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