Who is King Asa?
King Asa was the fourth king of Judah. He got rid of the foreign altars, high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down Asherah poles. Because he was obedient to God, God bestowed peace in the kingdom of Judah. King Asa built up the towns of Judah by putting walls, towers, gates and bars. King Asa had an army of 300,000 soldiers from Judah armed with large shields and spears and 280,000 soldiers armed wih small shields and bows.
Once, King Asa faced a war against thousands and thousands of army and 300 chariots. King Asa prayed to God to help him defeat the vast army. God heard King Asa’s prayer and they successfully defeated the Cushites. King Asa and his army destroyed the villages surrounding Gerar and looted them. They also attacked the herders and carried away sheep and goats and camels before returning to Jerusalem.
King Asa’s Reformation
God’s spirit came upon Asariah son of Oded and he went to encourage King Asa to keep on following God. King Asa was moved by Oded’s message and he boldly removed the idols from the land of Judah, Benjamin and the towns in the hills of Ephraim. He repaired the altar in front of the temple’s portico. He deposed his grandmother Maakah because she created an image for Asherah. He also brought the silver, gold and oter articles that he and his father had dedicated.
The Death of King Asa
It happened that King Baasha of Israel went to war against King Asa. King Baasha built ramps on Ramah in Judah so that no one can enter or leave Judah.To get rid of King Baasha, King Asa made a treaty with the king of Syria, King Benhadad in exchange of some silver and gold. King Benhadad agreed with the treaty and he attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim and the store cities of Naphtali. When King Baasha of Israel heard about this, he stopped building siege against Ramah. King Asa used the stones that King Baasha used to build siege to build up Geba and Mizpah.
The prophet Hananiah rebuked King Asa for depending on King Benhadad instead of depending on God. King Asa was so furious that he put Hananiah in prison. Besides, Asa also heavily oppressed a number of Israelites. Asa suffered a terrible foot diseases in his final years. Even so, he did not seek the Lord and would rather hire the physician.
What can We Learn from King Asa?
King Asa started out with good works. He was obedient to God and eager to walk in his commandments. However, later, when he faced war with King Baasha of Israel, he would rather seek help from King Benhadad than seeking God for help. When the prophet Hananiah confronted him, he did not want to listen to his advice and put him in prison.
We often like to look to visible sources for help instead of seeking God for help. God does not promise that we will live a trouble free life. Everyone in this world will face problem and challenges as they are part of life and they help us to become stronger. When you face problem, you should discuss it with God and ask him to guide you. God will not automatically help you if you don’t pray. God wants you to communicate your problems with him through prayer as he cares for you.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5″7 KJV)
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:5-9 KJV)
Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:4 KJV)
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 KJV)
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 KJV)
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 KJV)
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6 KJV)