Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 13:1-15:19 / 1 Corinthians 14:20-40 / Psalm 101
The age of Reformation describes a 16th century movement in Europe that aimed at reforming some doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. What resulted was the establishment of the Protestant churches. Though this time was significant, we read of a powerful and significant reformation here in 2 Chronicles.
Israel was a divided nation and both of the divisions, Judah and Israel, struggled to fully obey and serve God. At times, they were rebellious and unfaithful while other times they were repentive and faithful. Israel, the northern kingdom, at this time lived in great idolatry while Judah, the southern nation, had turned to follow God.
King Asa was the leader of Judah’s reform and it says, “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.” (2 Chronicles 14:2) Asa removed all of the foreign altars and high places throughout Judah. He smashed the idolatrous sacred stones and cut down the heathen Asherah poles. He commanded the nation to seek the Lord and called them to obey God’s laws and commands. Asa removed every high place and incense altar in EVERY town in Judah.
How far did Asa go with spiritual reform? He went as far as to remove his grandmother from her political position as queen mother because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole. (15:16) Asa was committed to follow The Lord fully and did not let anything stand in his way. Foreign gods, worship and idolatry were completely removed from the land. Asa led the nation back to God and the favor of God rested upon Asa and all of Judah.
God gave Judah peace from their enemies and when they were attacked, God miraculously gave Judah victory. Asa recognized their great need for God’s intervention and understood God’s part in every battle. He declared, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us O Lord our God, for we rely on you…” (14:11)
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and He is a defender of those who humbly call upon Him. Asa’s faithfulness to do what was good and right in the eyes of God opened the windows of heaven! How we need to persevere as the voices of society distort truth and redefine rightness. Those who stand for truth and righteousness may face the persecution of this world but will always have God on their side. If God be for us…who can be against us!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!