Once upon a time, there was a woman who had nothing, and a man who had it all…
In one of our ladies’ Bible studies this week, we focused on a man in the Old Testament and a woman in the New Testament. They both had problems, but searched for answers in opposite ways.
First we read 2 Chronicles 14 about Asa. At the beginning of his life, he trusted in God and led his people to do so. (Yay!) He removed idols from his kingdom and even disposed his granny who was queen mother for her idol worship. He turned to the LORD when facing an enemy that left him and his huge, brave army feeling powerless. A prophet stood up and told him, “The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” That’s pretty simple, don’t you think? We all agreed. If you walk with God, it will go well, if you don’t-it won’t. Verse 14 says: They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.” Whew!
But then…when he was 20 years older, Asa strayed away from God. When he faced another vast army, he TOOK SILVER AND GOLD OUT OF THE TEMPLE TREASURIES OF THE TEMPLE!!! For the love! How did he think that was going to work out?! He took the silver and gold and bought a treaty with another king INSTEAD OF TURNING TO GOD!!! Away from God, let’s be honest…we get stupid.
When someone pointed out that he had made a big mistake, Asa got furious and put the man in prison. Then he went on to oppress his people. Being away from God had changed him.
At the end of his life, Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Instead of turning to God, he trusted only in his physicians. He died two (probably painful) years later. That’s so sad.
But…in Mark 5, there was a woman who’d had an affliction for 12 years. (I’m not going into that but it was awful.) She had spent all of her money on trying to get better and had been to every doctor she could find. She had only grown worse. Finally, she had nothing. She turned to Jesus…in desperation. And He was glad to help her!
When the sick woman was healed, she could feel it going through her body immediately. Jesus gave her a new life-literally! Do you think she ever forgot? I’m guessing no. I bet she talked about it forever and to everybody! Can you imagine a woman with a 12 year problem shutting up? (We talk about a long labor for 25 years!)
Asa had lived for God and served Him but then turned away. Had life been too good? Had he gotten so comfortable being king that he didn’t want to be told what to do? He had forgotten about the victories God had given him and how it had felt to walk in His ways.
Deuteronomy 10:12: …what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…
A woman who had nothing and a man who had it all…
Who really had it all in the end?