1 Kings 15:12-14 (NIV) 12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his fathers had made. 13 He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole. Asa cut the pole down and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 14 Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life.
On verses 9-15: These verses summarize the long 41 year reign of Asa king of Judah. What I love most about Asa is that he deliberately chose not to follow the evil practices of the generations before him. His father Abijah was an idol worshiper who did not follow the Lord. His grandmother Maacah was as well. Yet Asa did not allow his past to define his future. He did not let his ancestors’ idolatry determine his relationship with God. Rather Asa took deliberate steps to remove idolatry not just from his own life but from Judah as a whole. Verse 14 says “Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life”.
Likewise, don’t let the past define you. You may not have come from a Christian background. Your ancestors before you may not have followed the Lord wholeheartedly. But don’t let that determine your future. You can be an amazing worshiper of the Lord and a powerful leader in God’s kingdom. That is God’s destiny for you!
1 Kings 15:20 (NIV) 20 Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. He conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali.
On verses 16-24: Here we see how Asa forms an alliance with Ben-Hadad king of Aram to help him fight against Baasha king of Israel. Here we see the power of partnership. When you’re up against an enemy that is too strong for you, it helps to have an ally who can help you fight.
Is there a problem that is too big for you to solve on your own? You don’t have to fight alone. God is with you. Pray and ask God to help you find the right people who can partner with you in fighting your battle.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Asa, how he did not allow his past to define his future, and how he used the power of partnership to his advantage when facing an enemy that was too strong for him to beat alone. May I do the same, not allowing my past to define my future. May I take real, practical steps to remove idolatry from my life. And may I make the most of the relationships You have given to me so that I can experience more victory over the enemy. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!