I was reading my Bible when I came across the Story of King Asa. Even though I’ve read it before many times, the Holy Spirit highlighted two verses. I just couldn’t take them out of my mind. Every single time that God wants to deal with me in a very personal and profound way, he would stir my spirit with one passage from Scripture.
2 Chronicles presents us with the Story of King Asa. His account is compelling as the Bible portrays him as a man who loved God and acted accordingly. He did what many wouldn’t dare. He stood up for his beliefs and performed a major spiritual reformation among his people.
Asa was an extraordinary king in the history of Israel. He reigned over Israel for 41 years. Asa is best remembered for purging and cleaning both Jerusalem and Judah from idolatry. He performed important religious reforms that affected the life of the Israelites.
Asa did good and right in the sight of the Lord his God,
2 Ch. 14:2 NASB
2 Ch. 14:2 tells us that he did the right thing before the sight of the Lord. What is interesting is that this verse speaks of actions. Our actions are the result of who we are, they reflect our beliefs, they manifest our resolution, in essence, our actions are an outward manifestation of an inward process.
In 1 Kings 15:14 we are presented with a vivid description of who King Asa was, and what kind of man he was. The Bible tells us that his heart was wholly devoted to the Lord. As I was reading that I couldn’t do but to ask me if my heart was truly dedicated to the Lord. A quick examination of my life showed that there’s still much to do to be considered wholly devoted to the Savior of my heart.
In the case of Asa, it was because his heart was entirely devoted that he did what was good and right. Having the heart where it should be will lean it towards what is godly, just, correct and right before the Father. If we lay our heart to wander astray inevitably, we will be running towards our own destruction.
I’ve seen lives consumed and destroyed by the consequences of allowing their hearts to wander far from God. It is sad to watch how many of them are no longer with us, yet others are in a place where they’ve lost everything, including their freedom. They lost everything simply because their heart was not where it is supposed to be.
Having a loving heart one that is devoted to God, doesn’t mean living a boring life, it is not a synonym of religion nor of religious life. Religion can be a heavy burden and in some cases, we may become slaves of a religious system. Having a loving heart means living passionately about God, it means placing God before everything and everyone, it is to know God and act accordingly.
The word the Bible uses in 2 Cho 14:2 for “good” can also be translated as pleasant, desirable, in order. It just hit me. Asa’s heart was pleasing before God, he had his internal affairs in order. I pray that my heart is pleasant before the Father, that it desire for good, I want my heart to be in order so that I may bring honor and glory to the Father in every word and deed.
Asa also did what was right. Again this word can be translated as upright, straight, and righteous. No wonder why he performed such religious reforms that eventually worked as a purging process for his people. He did what was right. He knew that his people and his family were doing what was wrong before God, idolatry had swept through the kingdom, prostitution was seen as normal. The people of God wandered away from God. When Asa took over the country, it was in a terrible situation, both morally and spiritually.
Since Asa’s heart was wholly devoted to God he was able to identify that which was wrong and offended the Lord and get rid of it. What exactly did Asa do to bring cleansing?
A) Removed the pagan altars.
B) Removed the male prostitutes (1 Kings 15:12)
C) Removed his grandmother from her royal status (queen mother).
In our own lives, we need to go before the Father and ask him to illuminate those areas that need divine intervention. We have elevated certain things to a position of relevance in our lives. Thus we have turned some earthly and unholy things to a position of significance. It could be anything: our work, our friends, our family, you name it. The thing is that we do not necessarily need to do “evil” to venerate something that robs God the place of honor in our lives.
It was around mid-June when I attended a conference in Houston where I heard something that really made me think. It was not a strange or weird theology, but rather it was a profound question of those things we Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Charismatics, tend to value and regard. The speaker pressed on by bringing forth the issue that sometimes we commit bibliolatry, that it, that we worship the Bible more than what we worship the God of the Bible.
I think he’s right in the fact that so often we tend to value, treasure, and elevate our church traditions, our theological approach, our dogmas, above others and even above God. I’m not saying that theology is not important, it is, but it should never take the first place in our lives. I am not against church orthodoxy, church praxis, and the way each church conducts itself within all Christian traditions. They are important, and they have helped the broad array of faith traditions over centuries. The problem is when we elevate them to the point where we regard them as untouchable, immutable, and infallible. The only one who is perfect and will continue to be without error is God.
I believe with all my heart that the Bible is indeed inspired by God, inerrant, and infallible. I believe that the Bible is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).
I want to challenge you to clean your life, to do what Asa did, live out your life in such a way that your deeds reflect that your heart is wholly devoted to God. Do what is right before God, do good to everyone especially to your brothers and sisters in Christ as Paul instructed in Galatians 6:10. Is something is taking the first place in your life, remove it, it can be food, reading fiction, school, a reality tv show, Netflix, Hulu or YouTube. If you’re spending more time on those things or on social media than with God…. then I think it is time to do what Asa did; bring a spiritual purge to your life.