Today’s story is about the tale of a double-minded king. Read on!
“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. Asa did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. He commanded the people of Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his law and his commands.” (2 Chronicles 14:1-4 NLT)
“The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his (Asa) father’s early years and did not worship the images of Baal.” (2 Chronicles 17:3 NLT)
Asa is one of my favorite kings of Judah. Israel’s history is very divided. Not only did they have a civil war but they had leaders that followed after the Lord and other’s that did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Those kings either lead the people towards God or away from God.
Asa has many accomplishments: seeking God, passion, devotion, humility, getting great prophetic words that encouraged him, removing idols, renewed covenant with God and experienced years of great peace.
But he also had a few shortcomings: hiring an army instead of crying out to God for help, trusting in others rather than the Lord, and it looks like he forgot how to pray.
Whenever I read a story like this I remind myself to do those things now that I did in the early years with my journey with Jesus. To finish strong, full of faith, and in love with the Lord.
One man told me he would rather burn out than rust out. I don’t want either. Whether it rusts out by sitting or burn out by overworking, out is still out. I want to finish in not out. Let’s all of us keep pressing in, crying out, trusting God, and finish the race God has each of us well.