Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching the kids group about King Asa. You can find this story in the book of 2 Chronicles 14-16.
He was a King of Judah who was good and right in the eyes of the Lord. Once given the position of King he made it his mission to remove all high places and other idols throughout the region. He was a man of faith who turned to God when it came time to go into battle with the army of Zerah, the Cushite. They were vastly outnumbered so when he called on God, God stuck down the Cushites, those who lived ran. So many of that army died that they couldn’t recover.
After this war King Asa and Judah made a covenant to seek the Lord. There was no war for the next 35 years of his reign as King of Judah. In the 36th year, Baasha, King of Israel, went up against Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or entering King Asa’s territory.
Now apparently something happened to the King’s faith during this 35 years of rest from war. Maybe life got easy and comfortable. Instead of once again calling on God for help he decided to take all of the gold and silver from not only his palace but the Lord’s temple, and give it to another King, King Ben-Hadad king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus. Now King Ben-Hadad has his back, and Baasha, King of Israel stopped doing what he was doing. Why didn’t he turn to God instead? A Prophet even came and told him about how Asa did a foolish thing relying on a King instead of God, and from now on you will be at war. Asa was angry at what the Prophet said and threw him in prison. Not long after Asa got a bad foot disease but instead of praying he decided to go it without God and seek help from the local physician. Asa died roughly two years later.
I’ve researched a little more information about King Asa, some records have indicated that Asa lived from 911-870bc, which would make him somewhere between 119 and 120 years of age at the time of his death. In Genesis 6:3 it says this, “3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”
It appears to me that Asa was nearing the expiration date. I sometimes wonder if this foot disease could of been a last effort made by God to motivate King Asa to repent and seek him in his final days, before it was too late. Not biblical, just a thought based on what I know about God. God is love – and love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. God is so faithful to forgive but we can be so stubborn to ask for it. God will meet us, right where we are. He wants a relationship with us no matter what choices we’ve made in the past. As His children, he wants the best for us.
Are you like King Asa? Perhaps time is running short and this article somehow found you. If so and you are reading this or hearing this, its not too late. Repent and ask God for forgiveness – he wants to forgive you, you just have to give him that opportunity. Come back to God and everything will be okay.