“Abijam began to rule over Judah in the eighteenth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel. he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom. He committed the same sins as his father before him, and he was not faithful to the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had been. But for David’s sake, the Lord his God allowed his descendants to continue ruling, shining like a lamp, and he gave Abijam a son to rule after him in Jerusalem. For David had done what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and had obeyed the Lord’s commands throughout his life, except in the affair concerning Uriah the Hitite. Asa began his rule over Judah in the twentieth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother was Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom. Asa did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done. Although the pagan sinners were not removed, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life.” 1 Kings 15:9-14 NLT
This passage has me thinking about God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and family lines. Abijam’s and Asa’s mother and grandmother are mentioned by name. As well as who their grandmother was. What was the purpose of them being mentioned? Was it to show their influence? That they were not overlooked? I wonder how many prayers they had prayed for their family? Even when sin entered David’s life, God’s goodness prevailed. He saw David’s heart and kept his covenant with him. David must have been bursting with pride over Asa’s devotion to the Lord. This is fresh in my thoughts after visiting my dad in the hospital a couple days ago. Watching my oldest son pray for his grandfather. A legacy of faith being passed down through generations.
“Asa told the people of Judah, “Let us build towns and fortify them with walls, towers, gates, and bars. The land is still ours because we sought the Lord our God, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they went ahead with these projects and brought them to completion. So Asa deployed his armies for battle in the valley north of Mareshah. Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord your God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!” So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa and the army of Judah, and the enemy fled.” 2 Chronicles 14:7, 10-12 NLT
Asa was victorious because he sought the Lord. He didn’t rely on his own strength. He remained faithful to the Lord, when I’m sure it would have been easier to give up.
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment under the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
Dear Father, thank you that you hear me. That you see me. Forgive me for when I want to follow my own way. Help me to love others like you love me. Amen.