Asa, part 1 — his Victory

Asa is one of very few good kings in the four books that document Israel’s history. Yet, the end we read of in 2 Chronicles 16 grieves the heart. I’m going to take the next couple blogs to look at Asa as shown in 2 Chronicles.

2 Chronicles 14:1-6 “1So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. 2And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God: 3For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: 4And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. 5Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him. 6And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.”

Notice his introduction! He did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. He took down the altars and commanded the people to do right too. Isn’t this what we want God to say about us in the course of history?

The text continues to tell of his great spiritual victory which resulted in a physical victory.

2 Chronicles 14:9-13 “9And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 10Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee. 12So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 13And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.”

He trusted in the Lord. He understood that it was in God’s hands. He understood that we walk by faith in Him rather than sight or the numbers. As a math teacher I might use the phrase “the numbers don’t lie.” The numbers might not lie but they don’t make the outcome. 580,000 to over 1,000,000. Those numbers would certainly seem to say that this can’t be handled. There are times and things in life where people say “That is impossible. This can’t happen before this date, so let’s pray it happens the soonest after that.” We limit our prayers to things that “can” happen, as opposed to recognizing that God is the Almighty who can do everything.

Nothing is impossible with God. God can work regardless of the stipulations man puts on things. Trust Him and pray. Sometimes we assume that our country is so wicked, “it is impossible to get a good person elected.” Rest on the Lord. It is nothing to God to do these things. Sometimes they are small things, sometimes they are big things. Sometimes it is a work situation. Sometimes a legal issue. God is in control and can do anything. Anything! That doesn’t mean anything within the already established bounds. He can do anything. Rest in the Lord. Asa trusted in God and God gave him a great victory. We can have victory too if we trust Him.

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