Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 14
A huge theme throughout much of 2 Chronicles (and many of the historical books of the Old Testament) is how fickle and inconsistent the Israelites are in following God. Kings come and kings goes. Some follow God, and some don’t. Most set up idols, and turn their backs on God. What do the people do? They follow the king’s lead.
There are a number of applications to draw from this seemingly typical and mundane passage of Scripture. It is easy to breeze through this chapter and say, “Welp, I’ve heard this one before. Another king comes and goes.” But I want us to really meditate on some truths.
1. Everything rises and falls on leadership.
The Israelites always follow their leader. Leaders in our kids’ ministry pray for kids like the Israelites! Every person has the potential for leadership. In this chapter, Asa reigns successfully and leads Israel into rest because of his good leadership. Be thinking in your life, “How can I lead and influence people in a way that honors God?” You are where you are for a reason. God has put people around you who need to be led towards Jesus. Lead well.
2. When we follow Jesus, the idols of our life must be torn down.
Asa was successful in his reforms because he took away the foreign altars and gods. An idol is anything in our life that takes God’s rightful place on the throne of our hearts. What is getting in the way of you taking the next step in following Him today? Now tear it down with prayer and reliance on God. This is an image of active, passionate, and ruthless action. One does not passively tear down a statue!
3. Asa is a picture of King Jesus and eternal rest.
In verses 1-2 it says “And Asa his son reigned in his (David’s) place. In his days the land had rest for ten years.” Why did they have rest? Because they trusted in God and worshipped Him. Asa is referred to as David’s son, meaning a descendent of David’s line. He is a picture of what Jesus was coming to do for us. Rest is a common motif throughout the Old Testament, and the Biblical narrative as a whole. Israel is seeking their ultimate rest and peace – shalom – in the Promised Land. We are no different. Both Israel and us today will never fully find rest in our fallen world. Christ, the Son of David, came to reign as our King, and he reigns eternally. We have spiritual rest both now (spiritual rest from our union with Christ) and a coming eternal rest worshipping the true King in his Kingdom!
Perhaps today you are struggling with rest. You may be stressed, confused, burnt out, depressed, angry, etc. When it comes to those of us who are struggling to understand God’s ways and plans, Paul David Tripp encourages us with this, “Rest is never found in the quest to understand it all. No, rest is found in trusting the One who understands it all and rules it all for his glory and our good.” (New Morning Mercies, 2014) Great leaders are great followers. Jesus is the true Leader and true King. He is our source of rest, peace, and life. As you spend time with him today, use the rest He gives you to fill you up and empower you to lead and fight well today.
Posted by: Mitch Wiley-Student Ministry intern