Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD.
2 Chronicles 16:12
Recommended Reading – 2 Chronicles 16
The story of King Asa occupies three chapters in 2 Chronicles. In chapter 14, we see him trusting the Lord, instituting revival, and rejoicing in victory. In chapter 15, he hears and heeds the prophetic message. But several years pass, and by chapter 16 Asa wants nothing to do with the Lord. His diseased feet couldn’t find the right path. Somehow he had lost the fire and faith of his earlier walk with God.
Why? Perhaps he stopped reading his Scriptures. Maybe his life became too busy for prayer. He might have allowed resentments to fester in his heart. Perhaps he fell into sin and his conscience was gradually dulled.
Whatever happened, Asa serves as a warning to us. We must keep close to the Lord every day, being quick to confess and turn from all known sin. Our hearts should break when we do wrong, knowing it was our sins that nailed Jesus to the cross. We should keep a tender heart, one that is growing warmer, not colder. Ask God today for a tender conscience and a closer walk with Him.