“Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.[b] He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands. He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him. He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest.” 2 Chronicles 14:2-6
For most, house cleaning isn’t the strongest joy producing process. From wrestling the vacuum to contorting our bodies and diving towards nooks and crannies–not exactly hammock moments! Multiply that by a kingdom and I think many would love nothing more than to run or occupy time in other ways.
King Asa chose the
house kingdom cleaning route, ridding the land of idols that directed worship away from God. We can be sure that it was time-consuming laborious work.
You and I might not have Asherah Poles or foreign altars, but are there heart concerns waiting for His authority? Perhaps a relationship that pulls you from the Lord?
We all worship something don’t we? And much like in the time of King Asa, our idols take countless forms, none of which are necessarily bad in and of themselves. They become idols for us by exaltation.
Realistically, only the Lord can show us what it looks like to be a good steward of all that He graciously allows us. At what point does an area fall into idolatry? Ask Him to show you.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23
The first time I prayed this, I didn’t receive my answer for a couple of weeks. But when the answer came, it could not have been more clear or more perfectly delivered for the person He created me to be. He might not answer you on the spot, but He will answer you. . . in a manner that is perfect for you, because He is perfect.
In His jealousy FOR us He’s interested in our best. If you believe–entrust your life to Him–His Spirit is in you . . .
“. . . for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Phil 2:13 b
Peace is a priceless commodity. A gift of God.
Do you have house cleaning stories that led to peace and an awareness of His presence? Will you share?