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2 Chronicles 13-16


A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                               
Thru the Bible in a Year

        Rehoboam's son, Abijah, becomes king of Judah and goes to war with King Rehoboam of Israel.  His motive is the commandment of God that worship must only be carried out in the temple of Jerusalem.  The golden calves (reminiscent of those made at the base of Mount Sinai by Aaron and the people of Israel while Moses was speaking with God on the top), still exist, the people have not been faithful.  Jeroboam attacks, but is routed by Judah because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.
        It is fascinating to note that Abijah is presented as a faithful king, even though he had 14 wives!
        Asa is presented as another king who did right in the eyes of the LORD.  He destroyed all the pagan worship centers in Judah, fortified the defenses of his country, and did not have to go to war against any of his neighbors at first, giving him time to prepare.  When war finally came, Asa was victorious because he trusted and turned to God for support.
        Asa was consistently faithful to God throughout most of his reign, even deposing his own mother at one point because she had become seriously involved in pagan worship rituals.  In his last years, however, Asa made an alliance with the king of Aram rather than fighting him and trusting God for help.  A prophet, Hanani, came with God=s condemnation of this action and, in so doing, infuriated the king.
        Subsequently, Asa became quite ill, and, due perhaps to his earlier anger at God's chosen messenger, refused to pray for his own recovery, seeking help from local physicians instead.  He died in the 41st year of his reign and was buried in a great tomb he had prepared for the occasion.
        Do you ever forget where your help comes from?  God is very interested in our loyalty and trust.  He expects us to turn to Him in times of need, and to put no one ahead of Him in our list of those whose counsel we seek.  Asa's sin was the same both in his alliance with the king of Aram and in his refusal to seek healing from God:  he turned to sources other than God first.  Make a commitment today that you will always seek God's counsel before anyone else=s.
        Do you ever become so stubborn that you refuse the best solution, help or company available?  Asa had everything going for him; then he became too proud.
        Ask God to show you any area in which you are being stubborn today and then do something to change it.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011