“And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment. He also took out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense altars. And the kingdom had rest under him. He built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest. He had no war in those years, for the Lord gave him peace… [Then] Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an army of a million men and 300 chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. And Asa went out to meet him, and they drew up their lines of battle in the Valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. And Asa cried to the Lord his God, ‘O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.’ So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. Asa and the people who were with him pursued them as far as Gerar, and the Ethiopians fell until none remained alive, for they were broken before the Lord and his army.” 2 Chronicles 14:2-6,9-13
Asa did everything right as he established his reign, and all was well. Until it was not. Against his world, trouble brewed. Even though he pleased his Lord, still the enemy snorted, pawed the dirt, and came in full aggression. He always does. Asa met his adversary in the best way possible, relying on and fighting in the powerful name of his unique, unassailable, victorious LORD.
When we plan and faithfully build our good kingdom, do we believe we deserve a specific outcome, that our efforts should reap our desired rewards? When formulas have been followed, rules obeyed, and prescriptions filled, do we chafe when God does not keep peace and bring our expected results? Are we subconsciously determining expectations that do not align with His? “In me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” My chosen behavior must be for the Lord, not myself, and my treasure fixed in Him, not any earthly prize. (John 16:33)
“There will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions… who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Conflict in this world is a given, no matter what, but we have divine security and unshakable hope: “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 18-21,24-25)
Let kings and warriors say amen!