When God Gives Us Time

Every thing on earth is fleeting; nothing is permanent, for even time has a limit. Therefore, every second, and moment that God blesses us with, is a reason for us to praise His name.

In 2 Chronicles 16, the king of Judah, Asa, relies on a heathen king, Benhadad king of Syria, to help him fight against the king of Israel, Baasha. The seer, Hanani, then reveal’s Asa’s folly to the king of Judah. Instead of repenting and seeking the LORD for assistance, Asa, “[puts Hanani] in a prison house…And [oppresses] some of the people the same time” (2 Chronicles 16:10). Three years later, the king of Judah becomes “diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians” (2 Chronicles 16: 12).

God is patient with us, and gives us time to repent of our sins. Thus, those three years that Asa had before having the infirmity in his feet was time for him to humble himself, and in contrition seek the LORD first always. In addition, Asa put the man of God, Hanani, in prison (2 Chronicles 16:10). Asa shut up the man whose, “feet [is] shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). How fitting then that, Asa’s feet became diseased?

Our aim as Christians is to live above sin. Let us not yield to temptation, or forget that God is more than able to deliver us from any situation (2 Chronicles 16:8). “The time is at hand” (Revelation 22:10).

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