READING THE BOOK OF Second Chronicles CHAPTER Fourteen.
Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. (2 Chronicles 14:2 NIV).
How to do good and right?
Historical Commentary.– For many years “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God. He took away the altars altars to the foreign gods and the high places, broke the images, and cut down the groves, and commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to follow the law and the commandment. He also removed from all the cities of Judah the pagan high places and the images, and the kingdom was quiet before him. “Asa’s faith was severely tested when” Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand men, and three hundred chariots “(2 Chronicles 14:9) invaded his kingdom. In this crisis Asa did not trust the “fenced cities” that he had built in Judah, with high walls with “towers, gates and bars,” or in his “men of valor.” (Vers. 6-8). The king trusted the Lord of hosts, in whose name Israel had obtained in the past wonderful victories. While preparing his forces in battle, he sought the help of God. (PR 80, 81).
Remove all the idols.– Asa took all the high places, broke all the idols, and destroyed all the groves and pagan gods. In this century we must make the same decision that King Asa followed: get rid of everything that keeps us from God. Do not allow work or professional to absorb all our time and prevent us from taking time each day for personal communion with Christ. May television programs such as sports, movies, series, news, etc.. no replace family worship or prevent us from attending church. Remember that anything that takes the space or time of God an idol and our god which replaces God in our lives.
Find God.- The search for God generates a feeling of need and makes relevant our need to know His will. Finally, “to obey his laws and commands” (verse 4). Practice and obedience, is what will show whether we worship the true God.
Dear Heavenly Father. We hope that in the book of life our names may be written describing how only through your power and grace we have been good and done the right. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.