2 Chronicles 16:11-14 NLTse (11) The rest of the events of Asa’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. (12) In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease. Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the LORD’s help but turned only to his physicians. (13) So he died in the forty-first year of his reign. (14) He was buried in the tomb he had carved out for himself in the City of David. He was laid on a bed perfumed with sweet spices and fragrant ointments, and the people built a huge funeral fire in his honor.
Was that foot disease a test? Was that disease a way of God calling Asa back? Based on the context, that pain was a constant reminder to Asa. If God could defeat an army of a million men in one day to protect Asa, what would it take God to heal a foot?
The scriptures mention a diseased foot and oppression in the same story for a reason. A foot is often used in scripture as a symbol of oppression. We still refer to oppression as being under foot. The depression Asa caused was a form of disease. People could have easily prayed for relief. Asa could have prayed for relief. Often we are too stubborn to take the easy way out. We want God to work under our terms, to solve problems our way, and afraid to admit our mistakes.
David had a friend killed so he could sleep with his wife. Well David had a friend killed after he slept with his wife, and she became pregnant. David tried to cover it up. David didn’t want to admit he made a major mistake. Finally God had to send in a prophet to tell a story to David. It was a good thing David caught onto the symbolism in that story and saw how the evil man represented himself. A baby had to pay the price for David’s mistake. But David did turn back to God.
How much does it take for us to admit mistakes, and return to God? For some people it is easy. For other people God has to go that extra mile to catch their attention. And some people never seem to catch on.