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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 128/260: Asa

Read 2 Chronicles 15:16-17

God Comes Before Family

In Jewish literature, we often see male ancestors identified as “fathers” and female ancestors as “mothers.” Maachah was the grandmother of Asa; she was Rehoboam’s favorite wife. “Now Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Absalom more than all his wives and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters” (2 Chronicles 11:21). Among those twenty-eight sons was Abijah, Asa’s father.

But notice that during Asa’s reign, Maachah’s place of honor in the nation was taken from her. “Also he removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah; and Asa cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron” (2 Chronicles 15:16). Why was she removed? Because she refused to go along with the spiritual reforms that Asa had instituted across the land!

It did not matter that she was the king’s grandmother. Asa put God first, and no one could supplant God in the king’s heart. “Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days” (2 Chronicles 15:17).

Sometimes our faith is challenged when family members begin teaching or practicing things that are contrary to the Scriptures. In recent years this has been evident in the controversy surrounding divorce and remarriage. There are those who will either twist Jesus’ words or altogether ignore them because they do not want to condemn their family members who are in the wrong. Yet, the Lord’s words are unambiguous: “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9). Even if the “whoever” is your child, or your sibling, or your parent.

Have you changed your stance because of a family member’s situation? The Word of God does not change, but often the doctrines held by men change. Do not let anyone take you away from the truth revealed in God’s Word. Stand firm on the solid foundation of Jesus!

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 127/260: Azariah

Read 2 Chronicles 15:1-7

Don’t Give Up!

“The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you” (2 Chronicles 15:2). The prophet Azariah spoke these words to king Asa, and they serve as both a promise and a warning. If you want God to be on your side, you have to be on His! He won’t switch sides to go against His own will; He won’t change the truth for you or anyone else.

The faithful child of God must seek God. That is how He is found! He will not reveal Himself in some extraordinary way when He has already provided His complete revelation for all man today. There was a time when His revelation came “at various times and in various ways,” but that was “in time past to the fathers by the prophets” (Hebrews 1:1). Today, His Word is completely revealed, and we know the standard by which we will be judged at the last day (John 12:48).

Azariah told Asa, “For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law” (2 Chronicles 15:3). The reason Israel did not have these things is because Israel did not want these things. God has always been and will always be there; man must seek Him. The teaching priests were ignored; the law was neglected. Israel forsook God, and thus Israel was forsaken by God.

The southern kingdom of Judah had men who were interested in the things of God, though, and they were spared for a bit longer because of that. Indeed, Azariah said, “But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” (2 Chronicles 15:7). Asa took great courage in this and instituted reforms in Judah that exalted the Almighty.

Still today, in the church, we are given the same encouragement through the pen of Paul. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Just as Asa was rewarded for his strength and courage in God, so too we will be rewarded if we do not lose heart and continue working for His cause!