Archive for February 15th, 2013

2 Chronicles 15

2 Chronicles 15 continues the story of King Asa.  Azariah the prophet came to him and said “The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you”.  Pretty simple, isn’t it?  God is with us. He is not hiding.  If we seek Him, we’ll find Him.  Scripture tells us that over and over.  It isn’t rocket science.  So why are we so slow to seek God?  Why do we somehow think it is His responsibility to not only seek us, but convince us to have a relationship with Him.  We get it all backward.

Israel has a history of walking away from God.  Azariah reminds Asa of that:

–       “no peace

–       great disturbances

–       broken in pieces

–       Nation was crushed by nation

–       God troubled them with every sort of distress

Walking without God is not good.  It is lonely and bad things happen.  It has been this way for a while.  But now, Asa has the opportunity to change all that.  Azariah tells Asa “your work shall be rewarded”.  God is paying attention.  He is ready to be in relationship with us.  When we walk in obedience, He blesses us.  The question is only whether or not we will walk with Him.

Asa has some work to do.  “Great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him”.  He has to rebuild the relationship between the people and God.  And that is what he does.  He calls them together and they sacrifice and worship and “they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul”.  It was back to the basics for the people, led by their king.  That is how leadership ought to work.  But Asa goes further and “whoever would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman”.  Serious business, serious resolve.  Asa wasn’t leaving it to chance.  There was going to be change.

There was rejoicing in the streets and God heard their cries.  “They had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around”.  God blessed them as they came back to Him.  He gave them peace for over 30 years.  That is a blessing these people had not known for a very long time.  Asa was serious, as he removed his mom from the throne as queen and got rid of her idols.  That is a bold move, but he was serious about serving and pleasing God.  Here is the key statement: “the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days”.  Asa was all in.  He was focused on serving God.  He was obedient, and God blessed not only him, but the entire kingdom as a result.  Never doubt that the impact of a leader is significant.  How we live matters, not only personally, but to those in our patch.  It is true as husband or wife, mother or father, leader or friend.  We need to walk with God in obedience and receive His blessing, not only in our life, but in our patch!

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