2 Chronicles 15

2 Chronicles 15 has a new prophet showing up by the name of Azariah.  Scripture tells us “Spirit of God came upon Azariah….and he went out to meet Asa”.  That’s the sign of a prophet, when God’s Spirit is all over them.  Azariah has a simple message to give to Asa.  “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”.  The bottom line is that God demands a relationship with us.  He never moves.  So we have to be sure we stay connected.

During this time there was a lot of turmoil all over the lands.  Nations were fighting and crushing each other.  Cities were being destroyed and people captured.  Azariah encourages Asa to stay the course.  “Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded”.  Even when things all around us are falling apart, God is still in control and can keep our part of the world in order when His hand is upon us.  We must remember that God is the author of what happens, and He is reminding Asa here to remain faithful.

Asa had strayed a bit.  He had fallen prey to some of the things they had captured during their victories and he needed to clean house again and get lined up with God.  Asa led the people, many of whom had moved in from the neighboring tribes of Israel so they could live in a land that was walking with God.  So “they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul”.  This is a big turnaround for Asa who had started strong and then fallen off course.

They took their covenant even further.  In order to be sure they didn’t return to a status of falling away from God, “whoever would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman”.  That’s playing for keeps.  If you don’t follow God, we’re going to kill you.  Asa made a mistake in not taking out all the high places that were in the kingdom, but “the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days”.  His heart was right with God even if some of his leadership and decision making was not.

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