At the end of his reign, Asa, King of Judah, was being threatened by the King of Israel. Asa needed help to deal with this threat and had two options before him. The first was to put his trust in the LORD to help him as He had done several times in the past. An alternative was to make an alliance with another King to overpower the King of Israel. Instead of choosing to rely on the LORD, Asa chose to align himself with the King of Syria to fight off the King of Israel. Asa’s failure to rely on the LORD prompted God to send the prophet Hanani with the words quoted above. God’s message to Asa was that the LORD can always be trusted to strengthen those who are committed to Him.
This same message is true today.
The Lord is always looking for those who are willing to be fully committed to Him. He allows us to go through a testing process that may cause us to get into a situation similar to King Asa in which we are forced to look outside ourselves. This may be in our personal life, or in our professional lives. The critical issue is that when we have to depend on someone other than ourselves, will we look first to the Lord?
Notice that the Scripture tells us that the focus of the eyes of the Lord is on the heart. Our heart is the true essence of who we are and contains our will and our desires. As physicians, we often emphasize the intellect and the capability to collect and retain the technical knowledge required for the practice of medicine.
However, God emphasizes the heart.
What God seeks in our hearts is commitment to Him. He wants us to trust Him especially during the critical times when we are beyond our natural abilities. It is then that He can come through for us and strengthen us in our times of weakness. During those times when you feel your weakness, turn first to Him who loves to strengthen, and He won’t disappoint you!
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember Your offer to strengthen me when I need it.