2 Chronicles 14:1-6
“Then Abijah died, as had his ancestors, and he was buried in the City of David. Abijah’s son Asa reigned in his place, and during his lifetime the land enjoyed rest for ten years. 2 Asa practiced what the LORD his God considered to be right 3 by removing the foreign altars and high places, tearing down the sacred pillars, cutting down the Asherim, and 4 commanding Judah to seek the LORD God of their ancestors and to keep the Law and the commandments. 5 He also removed the high places and incense altars from all of the cities of Judah. As a result, the kingdom enjoyed rest under Asa’s leadership. 6 Asa built fortified cities throughout Judah while the land lay undisturbed, because the LORD had given him peace so that no one went to war against him during those years.”
Asa’s reign was marked by peace for ten years because he did what was pleasing to the Lord. This is often repeated throughout the book of Chronicles because there are rewards for obeying what God commands of us. In the case of Judah’s kings, when they obeyed the Lord they would have peace just like the Lord promised them centuries earlier.
In our case, obeying the Lord may not bring you peace for your enemies, however, it will bring you peace with God. God is the first step on attaining true peace in our lives. Just like Asa, we must do the second step and that is to actively seek God and remove any obstacles or temptations that take up your time that you should be dedicating to the Lord. Asa destroyed the pagan temples and shrines of his father and brought the people back to the Lord.
Maybe the source of your sin is not something physical, but something emotional or spiritual. What do you do then? What if you do not know what your problem is? Pray to our Heavenly Father and seek His guidance and ask for the wisdom to identify your problem.
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
Only by being able to identify the root of your problem will you be able to fully give it to the Lord and it will no longer be your burden to hold. If you do not do this and stop the issue at the root, you will only gain temporary relief from your problems. This is because you cannot fully give your problem to the Lord. I ask you, “how can you expect God to take away a problem of yours if you cannot fully give it to Him?” Your problem may not be as easy to fix as Asa’s, but you can learn from his courage to do the right thing and take away all evil temptations at their root.
If you are having issues with something in your life and are at war with yourself and others, reflect on your life and try to find the underlying issue at hand. Seek the Lord! Ask for the strength to be able to do what is right to fix the issue. It could be help with your pride or lust or something else. But if you don’t pray for help, you will never get your prayer answered. Do this with a sincere heart and in humble spirit. Remove the temptations from your life and allow God to give you the courage to overcome. Use what you learned from overcoming your issues and use them as your testimony to help others and by letting them how much God has worked in your life. This is how you become the modern day Asa so to speak. I pray that everyone has a blessed day and that this message reaches whom is in need of hearing it. Please have a blessed day and goodnight.