During a time of peace in Judah, King Asa decided to do two things. The first was to turn back to the Lord by tearing down the alters and monuments to other Gods and commanding the people to seek and obey only the laws and commands of the Lord. The second was to build up and fortify the towns of Judah. The results were clear and immediate. The Lord gave Judah rest from their enemies and in that time of rest they were able to strengthen their towns so as to be able to resist their enemies better in the future. The same results are available to us today. When I turned my whole life towards the Lord a few years ago, I was surprised that all those around me were supportive and, so far, I have not had to face any real opposition, ridicule or serious challenge to my new faith from anyone. The lord has given me rest from enemies. Also, during this short time I have been inspired and crucially, I have been able to spend a lot of time studying the bible in order to build up my knowledge of God and so develop my faith.
2 Chronicles 14:1-7 NLT
When Abijah died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Asa became the next king. There was peace in the land for ten years. Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. He removed the foreign altars and the pagan shrines. He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. He commanded the people of Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and his commands. Asa also removed the pagan shrines, as well as the incense altars from every one of Judah’s towns. So Asa’s kingdom enjoyed a period of peace. During those peaceful years, he was able to build up the fortified towns throughout Judah. No one tried to make war against him at this time, for the Lord was giving him rest from his enemies. Asa told the people of Judah, “Let us build towns and fortify them with walls, towers, gates, and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they went ahead with these projects and brought them to completion.
I am fascinated by king Asa’s response to the peace he was blessed with when he turned the nation back to the Lord. He chose to spend time building up the defences of his fortified towns. My goal is to encourage my church to do a similar thing. In our country, there is a great deal of spiritual apathy but the church is not yet facing open hostility. I want to encourage as many people as will listen, that we must use this time of relative peace to build up our strength in the Lord. I want to see my friends in the church re-embracing the bible and spending regular time with God on a daily basis reading the holy scriptures. Let’s all spend this time of peace building up our church in order to face the revival we are all hoping for and, more importantly, the hostility which is sure to follow any such revival.
2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14, Romans 9:1-24, Psalms 19:1-14, Proverbs 20:1