Asa was a very smart ruler. He knew if temptations existed, people would cave. So he removed the elements of temptation to bow to anyone or anything other that the true God of Israel. There are so many distractions in this world, things that steal our focus and tempt us to foolishly waste our time and energy and resources. It’s up to us to remove elements that are unholy from our homes and from our hearts so we aren’t tempted to wallow in sinful attitudes or behavior. There’s a good measuring stick found in Philippians 4:8, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” What we surround ourselves with becomes a part of us. My mom used to tell my brother and me that wherever we went, whatever we did, the Holy Spirit was along for the ride. She asked us to evaluate whether we were comfortable bringing Him to our activities, and if the answer was no, then it was something we probably needed to avoid.
The people of Judah cast aside the unholy pieces of temptation, and look at the consequence of their choice: they experienced peace. 1 Peter 3:11 advises, “They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.” There is a direct correlation between our choice of behavior and the blessing of peace. May we choose wisely and be an example of the difference He makes to those who are lost and seeking.