9/22/2020— 2 Chronicles 15-16
代下 15:2b 你们若顺从耶和华，耶和华必与你们同在。你们若寻求他，就必寻见。你们若离弃他，他必离弃你们。
2 Chronicles 15-16
2 Chronicles 15:2b “The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you look for Him, He will let you find Him. But if you leave Him, He will leave you.”
Question 1: What words made Asa’s heart become strong?
Question 2: What are all the things Asa did after he heard those words?
In chapter 15, we have a great reminder that if we see God we will find him, but if we abandon him, he will abandon us. However, this promise does not apply to us to the same extent because we are under a new covenant. Jesus tells us that he will give us eternal life, and we will never perish, and no one will snatch us out his hand (John 10:28). If we have been saved from God’s wrath against sin by Jesus’ gift then we have found God. What about the days we do not feel close to God and we do not read our Bible or pray? Have we once again failed to seek God and he has abandoned us? By NO means, how can we again seek something that we just have found? Once we truly find Jesus, we shall always be in his presence, Praise God for that reality.
It is clear that Asa has truly found God in these two chapters. How do we know, well how do you ever know if someone is truly saved? We look at their fruit – Jesus tells us that If we abide in him, we will bear much fruit (John 15:5-7). Well then, what fruit did Asa produce when he heard the message to see the LORD? His heart became strong； He put away the sinful false gods ；He built again the altar of the Lord ；He gathered all the Israelites in Jerusalem and killed animals on the altar in worship to the Lord ；The Israelites agreed to follow the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and soul；King Asa stopped his mother from being queen mother because she had made a sinful object of the false goddess ；He brought into the house of God the holy things
Cleary, Asa did many things that proved he truly found the Lord. There are two things in particular that he did that we two need to do every day if we want to continue having a harmonious relationship with the LORD. The two this Asa did are as follows: He put away the sinful false gods ；He brought into the house of God the holy things.
If we are in a spiritually dry place, we should ask ourselves if we are removing the old sinful habits, activities, or values of our old life, and are we intentionally bringing holy habits, values, and activities into our own new life today. God is always seeking to be near us, but many times we forsake him because we forget to remove the bad and pursue the holy. If we want the joy that Asa had we also need to make the promises he made.
Heavenly Father, Please forgive me for not seeking you at all times as you desire. Too many times I abandon all efforts to seek you like the Israelites abandon their efforts to seek you.
Thank you for the reminder you have given me through Asa’s life that you are God that desires to give me joy and a transformed life. Please forgive me that so many times I fail to remove the evil habits from my life and fail to bring the holy things into my life. Please strengthen my heart like how you did for Asa. I want to have many changes to my life like Asa did. Help me to love you the way you desire. God your word says in Psalm 127, Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders work for nothing. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the men who watch over it stay awake for nothing. God, only you can build a holy life in me and only you can lead me further into holiness. Grant me your strength! I pray all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.