SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Asa becomes the new king of the southern kingdom of Israel. More than his predecessors, Asa did "what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord" (verse 2) and it led to "peace in the land for ten years" (verse 1) and "peace on every side" (verse 7).
- Asa also tried to get rid of anything that might influence people to not follow God, and to use his influence to get people to follow God (see verses 3-5).
- Asa goes up against a battle that seems impossible, but cries out to God and God gives him success against all the odds (verses 9-13). As the Bible tells us in Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble."
- Asa demonstrates a truth that applies at all times and for all people: Obeying God leads to peace. For Asa it was peace in his nation and with neighboring nations. If we truly obey God, we'll find increasing peace in our families, at our jobs, with our neighbors, etc.
- Asa's obeying God wasn't only doing the right thing, but also removing anything offensive to God. We need to avoid temptations and get rid of any sinful habits in our lives.
- Asa tried to lead all the people in his "circle of influence" to also follow God. We need to do the same. It's not enough if we live our lives for God, because so many people are missing out on God and living life in His love, and we need to do everything we can to help them believe in and follow Him.
- Where in your life have you not experienced peace? Examine those areas of your life and try to understand how the lack of peace is the result of disobedience to God. Then ask God to help you process this: If you start truly obeying Him, how would that area of your life change?
- Is there any sinful habit, or even temptation, that you allow into your life and now need to do everything you can to eliminate? Talk to God about it. And ... what supportive friend can you get to help you?
- Who has God put in your life who isn't living in a relationship with Him? How can you serve those people, love them, listen to them and start looking for opportunities to share your God story and invite them to come to church with you?