Seeking Help

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While I don't think it is as common as it once was, I still occasionally hear words from others who think that Christians shouldn't use medications or see doctors - that that is a sign of unbelief in God.  I have heard this most in the realm of those who deal with problems like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, etc.  

The reason I have heard this is that at several points in my life, members of my family have had to deal with mental health issues.  There seems to be some kind of a stigma around these conditions - particularly regarding having faith in God.

I know that some forms of religion bar going to doctors at all.

I was so surprised to read this verse!  There it was - in black and white.  I've read through Scripture several times, yet I certainly don't remember reading it before.  Perhaps it wasn't important to me at that point in time.  Yet, with health on my mind so often, I seem to have tuned in on it today.

" In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet.  Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians."  2 Chronicles 16: 12

The part that struck me?  Asa sought help only from the physicians.

What truth this gives to us.  It doesn't say we should not seek help for our problems from others.

It does say we should not seek help "only" from doctors (and I will expand on this on my own and say that I would think it's true for any and every situation - medical or otherwise.)

We need to seek help from God first - no matter what challenge we face.  And then find the appropriate help that God leads us to.

Anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and other mental health issues go beyond that of day-to-day anxiety and depression that can come and go. Many of these problems are too much for us to handle on our own - and sometimes we need the help of professionals.

There is no shame in that.  In fact, it is wise to seek the help God places around us.

Yet, how important it is not to follow in Asa's steps.

Instead, we need to seek help from the Lord.  And then from those to whom God leads.

Father God, thank You once again for Your word and for all the examples that are shared for us to learn from.  Help us to internalize that we seek You first, and then seek help as we are led from those around us.  Help us not to feel ashamed of or somehow wrong for seeking help from others as well.  Amen and amen.

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