Asa, part 2 — his warning, his promise, and his heart

When Asa returns from winning this war that the numbers said he should have lost, he meets Azariah. 2 Chronicles 15:1-2

1And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 2And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 3Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 4But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 5And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 6And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. 7Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.”

God warns them of the things that they have done as a nation that have lead to the hard times they are encountering. However, the majority of His speech towards the returning army is a positive one. God promises them that if they seek the Lord, He will be found and they will be blessed. What a promise!

“8And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage,”

Asa takes courage. He took what God said at face value, and acted upon it. The remainder of the chapter speaks of what actions Asa took and how he brought Israel together to seek the Lord. He cast down idols, and built up the temple. He sacrificed and worshiped.

9And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him. ”

When Asa stepped up to do the right thing, and it was obvious God was with him, then others followed. He set an example. Through Asa God demonstrated His great power and goodness and people wanted that. People wanted to be a part.

Then God gives us another glowing praise of Asa.

“17But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.”

The high places weren’t taken away. Nevertheless. Even though everything wasn’t fixed in the nation, the heart of Asa was perfect. It was seeking the Lord. It was pursuing Him during these days.

Wow! Asa had a good start, but he continued strong. He was bold and courageous. We need to be like this. God has promised us great things, just as He did Asa. God has already given us the victory in Christ. We have promised He will never leave us. We have been promised that we will be used for His glory. We are the tools of the Creator! How blessed we are!

Secondly, if we will but follow God, He may use us to encourage others and provoke them to good works. This is a revival in Israel! Asa didn’t wait for others to be revived and he didn’t do it for others to be revived. He sought the Lord with his heart, but God sent revival because the people saw that God was with him. God used Asa. God can use me. God can use you.

May God say of us, that our hearts were perfect all of our days.

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