In the time of his old age: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.

Is it crazy for me, to receive comfort and joy, from this scripture from 1 Kings 15? 

I know it doesn’t make sense, unless you’re an old guy who loves the Lord, and your feet hurt from arthritis.  (Yeah, that’s me.)

It’s not the fact, that someone had painful feet, that gives me joy, but, who had them.

And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father.

A Godly man, of the lineage of David.  He was a good King.  With diseased feet, how could this be?

Here is another man of God:

In chapter 14 of 1 Kings, we find the Lord, giving a word to Ahijah, his prophet who could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.

A prophet of God, who could not see?

Why are these Godly men afflicted?

How about this?  The prophecy to Jeroboam, a wicked King of Israel,  and his wife about their sick child.  All of his family will die, but… only the child shall be mourned.

1 Kings 14:12-13
Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.

And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.”

All Israel will mourn for this baby for “in him there is found some good thing toward the Lord God of Israel

How can these things be? 

Psalm 135:6
Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

My point?  Sickness, pain, troubles are not punishment from God, and may be allowed by God in our lives to test us and show the world, His love can give us the victory and conquer all our problems.

It is not important, the condition of this body.  My soul and heart, where are they.  Safe in the hands of Jesus, that is all that matters.

Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord,

What did he do?  Three things I will mention.

➙ As King, he stood against sin, in his country and removed it.

he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

➙ As King, he stood against sin, in his family and removed it.

his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.”

➙ More importantly, he had a perfect heart.

Asa’s heart was perfect with the Lord all his days.”

If you are desirous, to lead a life pleasing to God… first, remove the  sin from your life and from your presence, turn your heart to God and walk with Him.

So what if you’re blind or your feet hurt.  Love and Serve your Lord, Trust, Rely and Praise Him for His mighty works and grace.

Amen

6 thoughts on “In the time of his old age: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

  1. “It is not important, the condition of this body. My soul and heart, where are they. Safe in the hands of Jesus, that is all that matters.”

    So beautifully stated. I watched as my mother lost a from a quick fierce battle cancer. It would have been so easy to grumble…she spent her last days with praise on her lips. What an amazing God we serve that gives us peace despite our physical affliction!

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  2. 2 Chronicles 16 said Asa went to a foreign king to pay for helping rid Israel’s army. God sent His prophet to say if He handled Asa’s enemies before who were greater in number than Israel’s army why did he seek another (foreign) king and not Him in his distress. Asa rejected God’s word, punished and jailed God’s prophet. Then, the Bible points out, even with his painful feet Asa refused to ask for God’s help.

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    • yes, his end was a disapointment,
      as you have pointed out. Even so:
      2 Chronicles 15:17

      But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart ofAsa was perfect all his days.

      It is interesting a perfect heart towards God, another point to ponder.

      the high places and sin… Solomons problem and his.

      This is why it is so important to give it all to the Lord, when He first delivers us from sin.

      That which we hold on to, (sin), bites us eventualy.
      lThank you for reminding me of his end. Keep on, keeping me straight.

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  3. Your concluding paragraph is right on. That is the obligation and attitude of a mature Christian. There are few, if any, formulas to avoid suffering. The only ones that come close might be to take care of the temple we live in, especially by avoiding bad habits. Even if we could be “perfect” in body and soul, suffering can and will affect us by way of others. Good thoughts.

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