Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
2 Chronicles 14:4 - He commanded the people of Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and his commands.
Read - 1 Kings 15:1-15:26, 2 Chronicles 13:1-14:8, 1 Kings 14:19-20
Abijam and then his son Asa follow up the reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam. They are polar opposites. 18 years of civil war marked Abijam’s leadership. Asa had a 41 year reign where he was best known for tearing down false idols. Notice that Asa’s father’s negative life didn’t mean that Asa would be known by the same thing. Often, we think we can do no better than those who have gone before us…but that is not true. What is holding you back?
Lord, I will stand in faith even if I didn’t have the best examples to follow.
God had often defeated the enemies of His people by His own hand in miraculous ways. Consider how the account in 2 Chronicles 13 is like the judgement that fell upon Egypt for defying God’s people. One big difference, this happened to a people group (Israel less Judah) that would have said they were His chosen people.
For 41 years Asa was knowing for having a heart that was completely faithful to God. How does a person achieve this? Certainly, we see a key when we read that he destroyed all the false idols in the region. When we limit the deceiving ways of the enemy we improve our ability to be faithful to the One True God. This was a righteous choice that allowed the people to be able to respond to Asa’s charge to ‘seek the Lord’. This is good and godly leadership that we can model in our family’s, workplaces, community and churches.