Lessons from Asa

28 Jan

Pride

In my last post, I spoke about the principles we can learn from Asa which helped gain favour and strength from God. However, in Asa’s last years, he abandoned these principles as he grew in strength. There are practical lessons we can learn from Asa to help us remain focused and steadfast in God’s presence and hope.

Asa grew in stature, strength and favour. He rebuilt the city of Judah for God. However, Asa grow in confidence in himself and began to take matters in his own hands. He drew away from God’s strength and looked to build alliances with other armies to appear stronger (without inquiring of the Lord). In doing so, a seer came to Asa and told Asa that he had done a foolish thing for Asa wasn’t trusting in God as he used to. Instead of responding to these words with humility. Asa became angry and put the seer in prison, oppressed some of his people and also became afflicted with a foot disease. Even then, Asa did not ask God for healing and instead trusted in physicians. He eventually died, leaving a bitter taste in our memory of Asa.

We can discover two important lessons in this story.

  1. We need to remain steadfast in God, especially when we gain favour

This is so critical. We can press into God, gain favour in our family, church, career, work and in everything we do because we are faithful, and sincere with God. The challenge is to remain with an attitude of gratitude; rather than letting it get to your head and becoming prideful. It is a true challenge because when you gain strong success in your area, it is easy to start claiming credit and taking matters in your own hands. This is what happened to Asa. A strong way to counteract this is to continue to know where you would have been without God. I often tell myself I would be dead if it were not for God, if not dead, I would be blind (True story for another time!). I know that I wouldn’t have certain wisdom or behaviour because my wisdom comes from God. Where would you be without God? It is a great way to remain humble and to continue pursing God’s goodness for us, rather than our own.

2. Asa had a chance to respond to God

We can see that Asa had a chance, if not, two chances to correct his heart and respond to God when the seer came with words of revelation. Instead of coming to an understanding. Asa reacted angrily and this is a strong sign of the pride Asa developed in his heart. He also had a chance to turn to God for healing through repentance and being dependant on God, instead he continued to be bitter and relied on the strength of people. This is such a critical juncture; receiving words of correction/rebuke. It is never easy for a person to give rebuke or to receive rebuke but we have to understand that we may not see the things we are doing wrong and the person giving rebuke is doing so out of concern and love for us. We need to ensure that we receive words of correction and rebuke with a humble heart; knowing that God wants to continue to work in us, sharpen us and mould us. It is also better knowing that it is in our brokenness where we truly shine God’s glory. Do you need to respond to God? Do you have words of rebuke that you need to take on board? If so, do it in a humble manner and I guarantee that God will sharpen your heart and your life that allows you to glorify Him.

Let us continue to remain steadfast in God. Knowing that without Him we wouldn’t be where we are today. We wouldn’t carry the hope we have or be pursuing the great dreams he has placed in our hearts. Let us continue to be humble and trust in God. In doing so, God will continue to strengthen us and take us further on our journey with Him.

 

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