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June 21, 2022

Every person in this world wants to be successful; no one wants to fail. Unfortunately, not enough people realize that following the Word of God will provide them with a prescription for success. God told Joshua Moses’s successor in Joshua 1:8, This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” This powerful statement was applicable then and remains applicable now. As you will read in this blog, some of Israel’s kings followed this instruction while others did not. A king named Asa did both, and I will share his story highlighting his successes and failure. Besides what you will read in this blog, you can read in detail the story of King Asa in 1 Kings 15:10-24 and 2 Chronicles 14 -16.

Israel was divided into two kingdoms after the death of King Solomon because his heart had turned from God toward idolatry (1Kings 11:4-11). The ten northern tribes continued to be called “Israel,” and the combined two southern tribes, Judah and Benjamin, were called “Judah.”

Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, reigned for seventeen years as the king of Judah, and he and Judah continued to commit idolatry. After Rehoboam’s death, Abijam, his son, reigned for three years, and he and Judah followed the idolatrous practices of his father. Upon his death, Abijam’s son Asa became the king of Judah and reigned in Jerusalem for forty-one years. Asa did what was right in the eyes of God until his latter years.

At the beginning of his reign, King Asa removed the pagan shrines and altars throughout the land and led the people in seeking God and obeying His commandments. God blessed the land with peace for his devotion during the first ten years of Asa’s reign. Wisely using this time, the king fortified Judah’s borders, rebuilt the army, and increased their weaponry. When a massive army from Ethiopia attempted to invade Judah, King Asa petitioned God to rescue Judah. God answered the king’s prayer resulting in a tremendous massacre of the Ethiopian army and colossal plunder for Judah.

Azariah, the prophet, came to King Asa and reminded the king of the nation’s past failings and recommended the king faithfully continue serving God. Motivated, King Asa again went through the nation destroying pagan idols, promising death to those who persisted in idolatrous practices, and demoted his idol-worshipping grandmother Maacah from being queen mother. Additionally, he and the people gathered together and recommitted their allegiance to God. Pleased with this commitment, God blessed Judah with another twenty years of peace.

In the thirty-six year of King Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel decided to start a war with Judah by barricading the borders. Unfortunately, King Asa ignored God and sought military help from Benhadad, king of Syria. This alliance angered God, and He sent Hanani, the prophet, to inform King Asa the consequences of his actions would be continued wars in the kingdom of Judah. Instead of repenting King Asa became angry, placed the prophet in prison, and abused some of his fellow citizens. King Asa’s attitude, negativity, and cruel actions became his downfall.

After several years King Asa’s feet became infected, and once again, the king sought help from the wrong source. Instead of requesting healing from God, he looked to his physician for help. King Asa’s physical condition never improved but worsened, and two years later, King Asa died and was buried in his sepulcher in the city of David.

One of the benefits of reading the Bible is to give instructions that will assist believers in living a life pleasing to God. The story of King Asa displays that when individuals and nations obey the Word of God and seek him as their source, they are blessed and prosperous. When believers do the opposite, they displease God and open the door for evil to befall them.

So, I close this blog by encouraging you to be among those who use God’s prescription for success and declare you will not regret doing so.

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