Reading through the Bible together
After God gave King Asa the incredible victory over the huge Ethiopian army, He sent a special message through prophet Azariah. It was full of encouragement and a gentle warning. “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” (verse 2).
Even with fresh victory, King Asa needed to hear the call to move forward. There was much to be done. So he “took courage” and went everywhere removing idols. He restored God’s altar. Amazingly, huge numbers of immigrants started pouring into Judah from Israel. Followers of the true God wanted to be with a leader who truly had a heart for the right.
Together they “entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul” (verse 12). The heart of Asa was so loyal that he even removed his mother from being queen since she made an image of Asherah.
We too must remember, a long-ago conversion and even yesterday’s victories are not enough for today’s battle. There are idols hidden in our hearts that must still be searched out. It’s time for us to come together from all over the world, united in a full-out commitment to love God and each other. Then true seekers will migrate our way.
“Be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (verse 7).
Pastor Scott Griswold