1 Kings 15:1-24 picks up the story with Abijam who took over for Rehoboam as king. Not much changed as “he walked in all the sins that his father did before him, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God”. Abijam is a bad dude. He doesn’t walk with God. But scripture gives us a glimpse at the power of legacy here. Two generations removed, David is still having a significant impact. His life and walk with God continues to make a difference. If you don’t think it matters how we live, hear what God says about David:
“Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem, 5 because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite”. Abijam is not living in obedience, but God gives credit to David who had been dead for a couple generations. Solomon and Rehoboam had both walked away from God. And now, Abijam is doing the same. But the power of legacy is strong and God continues to bless His people because of the relationship He had with David many years prior.
Then comes a bright spot in all this. “Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as David his father had done”. Back to the roots of a few generations earlier, Asa walks with God again. He cleans out sin and gets rid of all the idols that had been made by prior kings. Asa is on a course to set things right with God. In fact, he takes some very bold steps. “He also removed Maacah his mother from being queen mother”. Talk about guts. Asa kicks his mother off the throne. He is all in for God.
That is the lesson here. He finds God and his legacy and returns to walking with God. Check out what scripture tells us about him. “The heart of Asa was wholly true to the Lord all his days”. Asa wasn’t sort of bought into obedience. He was ‘wholly true’ to God. He wasn’t partially committed. He followed ‘all his days’. That is the picture of faithfulness that God desires from us. He wants to have Christ Followers who follow. He wants men and women who have a heart of obedience. Does that describe you? If not, a change can yield some amazing results. God blesses obedience!