King Asa of Judah was besieged by the king of Israel, Baasha. Instead of seeking and trusting solely in the arm of the Lord, he sought out the hand of God’s enemy to help. The effort worked for the time, but the consequences were serious.
“And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.” (vs. 7)
The seer pointed out the greatness of the hosts that Asa had previously put to naught. In the preceding chapters, we read of how Asa sought the Lord for help and how he was told that if he should be with the Lord, the Lord would be with him, and if he forsook the Lord, the Lord would forsake him. This chapter shows the choice Asa made in forsaking the Lord, and the consequences.
Instead of acknowledging his folly, Asa imprisoned the seer faithful in giving the message and oppressed others. Then when disease came upon him in his feet, instead of turning to the Lord for help, he, as so many do today, trusted in the physicians and died.
If the issue be spiritual, people trust themselves to the church leaders. If it be science, the people trust themselves to those with high degrees. If it be health, the people trust themselves to the doctors, not realizing that there is a God of infinite understanding willing to impart if they would simply go to Him–and stay with Him. They follow in the path of the foolish Asa, who raged and was confident.
Let us trust solely in the arm of the Lord,