Seek Not Physician
by Wole Oladapo
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Seek Not Physicians
“And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was 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).
Many a time the ocean of trouble rises so high beyond our neck that we could not see any hope of survival in what we have hold on to all our life. That thought just rears its head up from our downcast heart; “Can the Lord truly deliver?” Multitudes also come in to ask where our God is. Our heart in us grows sickly every moment. The influence of friends and loved ones is another problem. They want your good any how and mean no harm whatsoever. Standing between the red sea and the host of the Egyptians and God is not seen sending a chariot of fire to take His beloved out of all these; by our human judgement, we must seek the miracle that will evacuate us out of it all.
King Asa was in such a situation. He had s terrible disease in his feet. He sought not the Lord, but physicians. Were the physicians able to heal him? He died in his disease. It does not pay to seek physicians.They cannot deliver.Deliverance
is of the Lord. It is God alone that can deliver.
Situation can become so worsen that we will be tempted to seek help from elsewhere. David was once in such a situation like this. The sorrows of death compassed him, and the pains of hell got hold upon him: he found trouble and sorrow (Psalm 116:3). In haste he ran out of his resting place in the Lord, seeking for deliverance in the arm of flesh. In his search he was brought low, but the Lord helped him. When he saw the hand of the Lord at work, he saw his folly as a man. He called upon his wandering soul and told him; “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee” (Psalm116:7).
There are so many dangers in going after physicians. We do not have the tradition in the church of God. The Israelites went after physicians and their wounds were healed slightly. Physicians do not have the cure; rather they worsen the situation by their medication that can only heal slightly. This is the danger of slight healing; it makes you thinks you are better now and that you don’t need God the true physician again. But God is grieved by slight healing. He spoke from heaven, demanding to know why the wounds of His people were healed slightly, as if there was no more balm in Gilead. “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22; cf: 6:14; 8:11) It is because physicians don’t have any power to heal.
The balm of Gilead is known for its healing ability. The people of God had concluded in their rebellious hearts that the balm of Gilead is their healer, and not God. Any time it went ill with them, they will not run to the Lord. Rather, they will go after the balm of Gilead. But God wanted to expose their folly before their very eyes. He made the balm to be in abundant in Gilead, and physicians many. Then, He withdrew His hand of healing from them. The more they went to the physicians, the worse their health became. The more they use the balm in which they trust, the grievous their wound became. The Lord told them; “Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured” (Jeremiah 46:11). Why? For, I am the Lord that heals you; not the physicians; not the balm of Gilead. (Exodus 15:26)
There was a woman in the time of Jesus who had a terrible disease in her body. She sought for physicians from one place to another, but none could offer solution to her situation. She spent all she had to live on. Instead of getting better, she got worse. In fact, she suffered many things from many physicians. But the day she met Jesus, an end came to her flow of blood of ten years. It happened just because she relocated her trust and at this time, not in another expert physician, but in the only true Physician. Perhaps, those physicians had told all she was not healed because her faith was small. Perhaps, they have told her to go and seek for a faith that is as big as Mt Zion. Their lies would be made bare to the woman when she was healed by a simple trusting faith in the Lord (Mark 5:25-34).
Do you seek physicians? Truly, they will give you medicines, but in vain you shall use them (Jeremiah 46:11). You will spend all you have to live on. Yet, you will not get better. Rather, you will get worse day after day. Of a truth, you will suffer many things from their hands, just like the woman. Why going about seeking the Lord who is not lost? Why wandering from one crusade to another revival, seeking the deeds of the Lord? No one can find God by searching (Job 11:7). Stop going from one pastor to another. They can only heal your wound slightly. Healing is of the Lord alone.
Has your soul wandered out of its resting place in search of balm of Gilead that will not heal? Have you waited so long and concluded the Lord is not forth coming? Have you not known that God knows better than us? The Lord will heal, not in my own time, not in yours, but in His own time. It is time to return to the Lord, for He alone can make us whole. If our faith is sickly in us, and we find no encouragement to move on in the journey of faith, let us examine our ways and return to the Maker of our souls. “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight (Hosea 6:1-2).
Let us know that the only miracle we need in an impossible situation is the Lord. Seek the Lord and live. He has a solution to what seems to you impossible, for with Him nothing is impossible. Is there emptiness in your heart, tell it to the Lord in prayer. He will come with healing, and you shall be made whole. Seek the Lord, I say, and live.
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