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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?