Asa’s Example

And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God: For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: And commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandments.

II Chronicles 14:2-4

Asa was a good king.  In verse 2, the Bible tells us that he did “that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord…”.  The next two verses give us an indication as to why he was a good king.  His example would be a healthy one for us to follow.

1. He got rid of the idols and false gods.
-In verse 3, Asa “took away the altars of the strange gods” and he “brake down the images” and he “cut down the groves”.  He got rid of the stuff that wasn’t supposed to be there.  In our own lives, we often have things that shouldn’t be there.  We may not literally have “idols” of false gods, but we definitely have things that would keep us from wholly serving the Lord.  We need to, as Asa did, go through our lives and cut out the things that come between us and God.

2. He helped others do right.
-In verse 4, Asa actually commanded the people of Judah to “seek the Lord… and do the law and the commandment.”  Now, Asa was the king, so he could “command” people to do whatever he wanted.  I am not in the position of “commanding” people to follow the Lord, but I can most definitely encourage them in that direction.  I can point people to Jesus.  I can tell people about what the Lord has done for me and try to persuade them to follow the Lord.  I may not have much influence, but I can use what I do have to influence others to do right.

Asa provides us with a good example and a good reminder of what we should be as Christians.  How are we doing?

7 responses to this post.

  1. Asa set a wonderful example. I have wrestled with this issue for over 22 years. When my children were little I called it “sin-proofing” their home, but I must confess that I failed miserably.

    I believe that the main reason I failed was because I tried to use a mother’s sewing shears, and approached our home and our lives as if it were a bolt of fabric, when they (and I) were really clay requiring both the “tools”… and the “hand” of “The Potter”. So often, the things that truly cause us to sin come from within, rather than from our surroundings.

    Ben, I also wanted to tell you that I know you really enjoy meditating on hymns, and I recently stumbled upon a blogger who writes wonderful theological poems. You just have to read some of them. Here is a link to one of them: http://biblepoetry.wordpress.com/if-then/

    Looking Unto Jesus,

    Theresa

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    • Thanks for that link, Theresa! That is a great site! And I can totally understand your point about needing both the tools and the hand of the Potter. I can see it in my own life- if anybody has ever been given an opportunity to live a good life and follow the Lord with their whole heart, it’s me. Outwardly, I have had every opportunity. And yet I have still fallen flat on face more times than I want to think about. Sin does come from within- only the Lord can help win that battle. I am thankful that He is merciful!

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  2. Thank you, Ben, for simplifying this to getting rid of whatever keeps us from God and encouraging others to follow Him. God bless you as you please your Jesus with a life lived for Him! deb

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    • I really think that, sometimes, we tend to overcomplicate the Christian life. In reality, I think it’s fairly simple and straightforward- do what the Bible says and follow the Lord. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. Ben,

    …But the Bible has so many things that it tells us to do, and sometimes one can have a little bit of difficulty sorting them out…prioritizing, and we can seek the Lord’s wisdom, but still misunderstand.

    I just wanted to add that even though I was unsuccessful in my attempt to create an atmosphere or “little kingdom” with no secular influences I don’t believe that I failed as a Christian mother as a whole. I, just like most Christian mothers, had to come to the end of myself…had to come to understand that although the Bible admonishes parents to “train up their children in the way they should go”, a parent is not “The Author and Finisher ” of their child’s faith…Jesus is. I’m not saying that you don’t know this. I’m just saying that “I” incorrectly defined the words “trainer” and “potter” a lot over the years.

    I know that in my attempt to clarify what I said earlier, it will become apparent that I still concern myself with how others see me. (sigh) I guess I still have an awful lot of pride. Perhaps some day the Lord will help me to be more humble and meek. 🙂

    It really was a great post. I am thankful that the Lord raised up Asa and others like him.

    -Theresa

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    • I can understand that. I don’t have kids, but I have thought about if and when I do and I can definitely see myself having trouble distinguishing between “trainer” and “potter”. I have a tendency to want to do things in my own strength often. If I do ever have kids, I will definitely remember this- thanks!

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  4. Theresa, I could so relate to the trouble distinguishing between trainer and potter. Thank you for sharing yourself and that website. I want to check it out too! 🙂 God bless you!

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