… and as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him.
II Chronicles 26:5
This verse is referencing Uzziah, a sixteen-year-old who became king and reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem. He started off on the right foot. He did right in the eyes of the Lord, he continued to seek God. And this verse tells us that as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him. But something went horribly wrong because in verse 21 we are told that Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death and cut off from the house of the Lord.
We used to have racehorses. Well, we had horses and some of them actually made it to the track. Mostly, they just made us broke. These were Thoroughbreds which means that most of their races were not sprints, they were bred for longer distances. Getting out of the gate in a sprint race has to be perfect. Take too much time to get going, and the race could be lost. In a longer race, there is more time to make up for a stumble out of the gate. A good start is crucial, but it’s the finish that counts.
Uzziah started well, and ended up poorly. And if you read the story, you will see that his heart became proud because of victories won in battles and he stopped seeking the Lord … and guess what? The Lord stopped prospering him.
When I started into this healing journey, I started on my own strength, that and help from the doctor and a wellness consultant. I had cried out to God for months and months to heal me or show me the way and He said NOTHING! At some unnoticeable point, I stopped seeking Him. The pills, the treatments, the supplements made some difference, but I still had so much pain that I couldn’t deal with it anymore. So, I quit the prescriptions, the supplements, the treatments and decided to leave my healing totally in God’s hands. Either He healed me, or I stayed this way.
I went back to seeking the Lord, which is how this blog began. I started in search of physical healing, but I have gained so much more. I have begun prospering in my life, not just financially, though that has improved, but mentally and emotionally and relationally and, yes, physically. The only difference is that I sought the Lord through reading His Word. That’s it. That’s all I did. And He has done the rest. In life, I don’t think our start in this life is as crucial as the finish. God allows us to start over daily, if need be. It’s the finish that counts in life, as in horseracing. And I hope, by His grace and through the power of His word, that I finish strong and healthy and prospering in spirit, soul, and body. I hope you do as well.
Jesus, You paid for it all, my health, all of it, my mental and physical, financial, relational well-being are so important to You. I can’t attain to a level of health in any of these areas without seeking You and Your Word and following hard after You. Thank You for turning me in my tracks back to the only source of healing for me. Thank you for the increase in my health in all areas of my life, and please, please help me to finish strong. In Your name, I ask. Amen.
I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if I can be praying for you as well.
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