Build and Prosper

Therefore he (Asa) said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the Lord our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side.  So they built and prospered. 

II Chronicles 14:7

Asa was a good king of Judah, and in this verse, we see more of the wisdom that God gave to this king.  At the time of his reign, the Lord had given Judah peace.  They were not at war with anybody, which was rare.  They sought the Lord, and He gave them peace “on every side”.  On a side note, that is what the Lord will do when we seek Him.  He will give us peace “on every side”.  But the thing that jumped out at me about this verse is the simple fact that Asa was not wanting to rest during this peace.

He told the people: “Let us build…”.  God had given them rest, and Asa saw this rest as an opportunity to strengthen the cities.  He knew that, in the future, there would be more battles to fight.  And he wanted to people to be ready for them.  When we are at peace, we tend to start to take things easy.  We tend to let things slide.  When we are not “battling”, we sometimes tend to get comfortable and weak.  But not Asa.  He took the time of peace to “build”.

When we find ourselves at peace in our lives, that is the time to take the opportunity to build.  There are plenty of times that we will have to fight with the world, the flesh and the devil.  But when we are not in a battle, we need to be using that time to strengthen ourselves for the next battle and for future battles.

The people of Judah followed Asa’s advice and I like the end of the verse: “So they built and prospered”.  Let us “build and prosper” today!

2 responses to this post.

  1. That is a great concept! I never thought of that before, but will now and in the future! Thank you! 🙂


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