Hear the Word, Act on the Word
The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of Oded the prophet, he took courage. He removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns he had captured in the hills of Ephraim. He repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the portico of the LORD’s temple. 2 Chronicles 15:1-8
Asa, king of Judah, showed true strength and trust in God. How often do we hear God, but don’t do anything about it. Here, Asa gets encouragement from God through the prophet Azariah. “Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” Asa’s actions is rewarded with four more years of peace. Asa’s example for us is similar to another leader of Israel given the charge to be strong and courageous, Joshua, who led Israel into the Promised Land. Each of us is called to be strong and courageous in the army of God. His is not army of soldiers, but rather an army of believers who trust and obey the Lord their God. Believers who seek glory for their king, rather than themselves. Those who put God and others before themselves. Are you enlisted in the army of God? Don’t hesitate, the reward is heavenly.