A Tale of Two Kings

In my recent post More on the Study of Healing Through Faith: What is the Will of God?, I wrote in the last paragraph:

It is the will of God to heal those who believe and come to Him for healing because it is who He is. It is not His will for His children to trust in doctors and medicines for He will not give His glory to another (Is. 42:8).

From here, we will continue our discussion on true faith and trust in the Lord.

King Asa

King Asa started out his reign in Judah as zealous and as loyal to God as he could be, banishing all the perverted people from the land and removing the idols. But when King Baasha of Israel warred against Judah, King Asa gathered gold and silver from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and sent them to Ben-hadad King of Syria, imploring him to come right away and help him against Baasha King of Israel. By this act, God was greatly displeased. He sent Hanani the prophet to him to proclaim these words:

“Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” (2 Chr. 16:7-9, emphasis added)

It is the will of God for us to trust in Him in all and any situation that is beyond our control and power to change or overcome. It is NOT His will for us to go running and begging for help from other people or things and trusting them to deliver us. It is His will to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal (faithful) to Him. If we go against His will, He will not prosper us, instead, His ire might come upon us. And that is a most fearful thing if we are wise enough to understand and receive this truth!

To trust in people and things and not in God is betrayal. Hanani called it foolishness (v. 9).

Three years after Asa’s unfaithfulness, he became diseased in his feet and it was severe. But in his illness he did not seek God but called for the physicians. But these were not able to cure him and after two years of being ill, he died (2 Chr. 16:12-13). From the time that he called for help from the King of Syria to his illness and death, he had lost his faith in God.

King Hezekiah

And then there was another king who sat on the throne of David, King Hezekiah, who “did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done” (2 Kings 18:3). Then Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent out threats to King Hezekiah and King Hezekiah was greatly frightened. But he went to the house of God and prayed and begged Him to help him and his people.

“O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.” (2 Kings 19:15-19)

King Hezekiah abandoned himself and his kingdom’s fate to the Lord God Almighty, calling on Him for deliverance. In answer to his prayer, God sent Isaiah with these words, “Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard.” (2 Kings 19:20). And God brought them mighty deliverance.

Just like in the latter days of King Asa, King Hezekiah also became very ill that God sent Isaiah to him to tell him he was going to die and not live (2 Kings 20:1). But unlike Asa who trusted in physicians, King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. He chose to humble himself before God and trust Him yet again to heal him. And again, the Lord heard his prayer.

“I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.” (2 Kings 20:5)

What have we learned from these two kings?

  • The Lord will deliver us from whatever is threatening and frightening us and will heal us from our diseases when we come to Him and put our complete trust in Him.
  • We may not receive the deliverance and/or healing that we so need when when we trust in people and things instead of in the Lord for this displeases Him.
  • God wants to show and prove His strength and power in our lives if we only let Him by trusting Him.
  • The king who trusted in physicians did not get healed. On the other hand, the one who trusted God received healing.

 More of the Faith series:

My gratitude list ~ the things I’m thankful to the Lord for. Continuing to count His gifts:

51. Finishing 8 days of extended whole-morning fast.

52. Being inspired and able to go around our community giving out invitations to Church worship services.

53. Joy of family

54. Amazing testimonies of God’s wonders and miracles heard on Sunday.

55. This luscious super yummy Strawberry Glazed Chocolate Torte I made for Valentine’s night.

I’m linking up with these lovely blogs.

Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. rosanne says:

    Today I just had a oral surgery, it was a long time coming. I prayed ofr God to open the door he wanted open and shut others, praise Him, he did exactly that! This was a wonderful reminder and confirmation for me to read :) I know that God’s will heal in a moe fulfilled way one day, for now I will be content with the special provision he gave me and asnwered prauer for my health issue.
    Ps. 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
    3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
    4 Who redeemeth thy life with destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

    • rosanne says:

      so many errors :/ sorry!

      who redeemeth thy life FROM destruction

      • RinaPeru says:

        Thank you for mentioning these verses of Psalm 103. I love that Psalm also and there is a song made out of it which I often sing in my private praise and worship time.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Rosanne! I’m thankful to the Lord for speaking to you through this post. I pray that you recover well from your oral surgery and that God will heal you completely, for He alone can make us whole :). Blessings to you!

  2. Kathleen says:

    I’m a little confused on a few things. I firmly believe God uses doctors to heal. Many are anointed of God. My back surgeon, neurologists was a very strong Christian man. God uses many people for so many things. We all have special gifts that we are to share with others. This does not take away Glory from God at all. We are God’s hands and feet upon this Earth and we all have jobs to do. Doctors, Dentists, Lawyers, Bakers, Seamstress, Artists, Muscians… The different tribes had different gifts. Some were priests, some musicians, some did the baking…. It does not take away from the Glory of God.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Kathleen, it’s different in our Church, our experiences, and testimonies. Our life and faith are like those of the early apostles (as was written in Acts): prayer and fasting, pray over, laying on of hands, to heal the sick. By God’s amazing grace, we have tons of testimonies these past many decades to prove that God heals miraculously without the help of doctors. But I am NOT, we are NOT, saying that doctors, medicines, and hospitals are bad. No. It’s just that – WE TRUST IN GOD MORE THAN THESE. Saint Paul, Saint Peter, and the rest of them didn’t call for physicians to heal the sick, they prayed over them and laid their hands on them – that is what we practice in our Church, JESUS MIRACLE CRUSADE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY.

      For more testimonies of God’s healing miracles, wonders, and mighty deeds, please visit http://ministerofmercy.com

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