When Asa inherited the kingship of Judah, he inherited a mess. The Israelites tended to follow a pattern of rebellion, uncomfortable consequences, repentance, and a time of close relationship with Yahweh. Asa stepped into leadership during a rebellious time, but he refused to remain there. He immediately took steps to remove the idols and sacrificial altars to pagan gods, and he brought a stop to meaningless religious rituals which were abhorrent to the Lord. It was as if he put a sign on the gate to the city, “As for me and my constituents, we will serve the Lord.” Asa set an example of faithfulness to the Holy God of Israel, and God rewarded him by giving him and his people a period of peace. There was peace in the city, but even more than that, there was peace in their hearts.
There’s a silo in the Flint Hills of Kansas that bears a blunt, to-the-point message: NO GOD, NO PEACE; KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE. It’s simplistic, but it’s also true. This full of chaos and conflict world in which we live could be turned around if we, like Asa, chose to do what was good and right in the sight of the LORD. Each of us, individually, can find peace in our souls when we choose to follow Him and keep His commandments. There’s a direct connection between peace and true commitment to God. I pray this realization for the world my grandchildren are inheriting.