Asa

The image above is from The Brick Bible, it is a picture of King Asa. Check out the rest at http://www.thebrickbible.com

After reading chapter 14 of “The Story” I felt like putting it down after a while because the kings of the divided kingdom of Israel were always evil and fighting with one another. I feel like it is a picture of our nation today as it seems we have two major sides to every issue. The two sides will never agree with the other side and the other side will always be viewed as the enemy. How will this ever be solved?

This led me to become frustrated with the chapter until…one bright shining moment that King Asa was mentioned. This is what it said;

“When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son ofOded 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 15:8

In the face of evil and wickedness there is finally a king that stands up and does what is right in the eyes of the Lord. For a long time the true God was not even spoken about in midst of the people that he loved and had gone to great lengths to save multiple times.

What must it have been like to stand up and go completely against the flow of everyone else around you? How does it work to stop doing something and go in the opposite direction?

This is what it comes down to…If God calls you to it, it doesn’t matter who you make mad to get it done. We often fear the wrath of people before we even think about the wrath of God. Asa heard the Word of God and said this is the way we all must go. God gave him courage just for this moment.

In the Lower Story perspective we can get caught up in the fighting by these people who are supposed to united in the belief of the one true God. But, in the Upper Story we see a God who is working in the midst of brokenness to eventually reveal himself in the child at Bethlehem. This child would be sent to redeem the lost and save the broken. God’s work will never be spoiled because of us…but through us he will continue to bring about his plans.

What is God calling you to do right now that you have been hesitant to start because you feared what people thought?

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