King Asa 1of4: Rest And Confidence In God, Evans Olang

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2Chronicles 14:1-15, “11 And Asa cried out to the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”

Asa succeeded his father Abijah and was one of the kings who did that which was right in the sight of the Lord demonstrated by what he did, (2Chronicles 14:2). He aimed at pleasing God, studied to approve himself to Him. In his days, God had given him peace and rest. Even in the midst peace and rest, vs. “4 He commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment”. How easy it is to relax in the time of peace and not seek God. How easy to wait until the day of trouble to figure out what to do. That was not with Asa and his kingdom.

In the days of peace and rest, Asa and his people prepared by reforming their kingdom. This preparation was not to rely on their strength or confidence in their ability, their preparation was to be instruments by which God will make His name great as we will see shortly. He removed high places, he built fortified cities, towers, gates, raised an army because they sought the Lord vs. 8 and the Lord directed their steps.

As the days of rest and preparation progressed, vs. 9, “… Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and three hundred chariots, and he came to Mareshah. 10 So Asa went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah” Zerah’s army doubled against Asa’s army, nevertheless Asa still went against them but not in his own strength. Vs. “11 And Asa cried out to the Lord his God…”. He that sought God in the day of his peace and prosperity could with holy boldness cry to God in the day of his trouble, and call Him his God.

Here is where Asa had confidence in His God rather than his preparation, vs. 11 “…”Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power” He gives God the glory of His infinite power and sovereignty demonstrating how God works in His own strength, not in the strength of man’s instruments. He acknowledged that God can accomplish anything His way.

Asa continues vs. 11, “…help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude…”. He takes hold of their covenant-relation to God as theirs referring to God as their God, resting on God in the day of trouble as they rested in the Lord in the days of rest.

The underlying motive for victory?, “…O Lord, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!” Note that he does not pray “…do not let man prevail against US but against YOU”. If they were defeated, the enemy would not boast to have defeated Asa but rather boast in defeating God. Think of Moses, Joshua and others, the primary reason for ever seeking victory was because God’s great name was in the line. God’s drive He declares in many areas especially in Ezekiel 36 in rescuing His people is for the sake of His great name. And Here is Asa’s motive primarily for God’s great name.

It is for God’s great name will He for Himself fight for His people and in that we should have confidence. In that Asa prayed and trusted God; and in that they rejoiced when God gave them victory. Because they had confidence in their God, He gave them rest in the days of no wars and the days of wars. The Ethiopian army did not prevail, if anything, Asa and his people received double for their trouble. God fought for and through them, and they gathered the spoils of the enemy.

A man who seeks God,  God gives him rest from trouble and is confident in seeking Him in the days of trouble too because there is a relationship already established there. Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Blessings Ev

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