1 When Abijah died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Asa became the next king. There was peace in the land for ten years. 2 Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. 3 He removed the foreign altars and the pagan shrines. He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. 4 He commanded the people of Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and his commands. 5 Asa also removed the pagan shrines, as well as the incense altars from every one of Judah’s towns. So Asa’s kingdom enjoyed a period of peace. 6 During those peaceful years, he was able to build up the fortified towns throughout Judah. No one tried to make war against him at this time, for the Lord was giving him rest from his enemies. (2 Chronicles 14.1-6)
Yup, I just did that. Why?
I want us to see the obedience-blessing connection in its context. We will find it tough sledding when we constantly desire something from GOD’s hand without having HIM in our heart. Those of us with kids (not excluding those who do not) understand how we love to “spoil” our children when they do what we tell them to do.
Now, apply that to the sovereign and sinless GOD we serve as HIS children. GOD gave peace to the people due to King Asa doing what was pleasing and good in the sight of the LORD his GOD. LORD, help us to grasp and gain obedience and reject disobedience so we can receive YOUR grace and blessing in ways we can’t even fathom.