Today’s passage: 2 Chronicles 14:1-15
- Asa tore down what Solomon and others had built up to worship numerous false gods.
- The removal of all forms of idolatry resulted in rest for the people of Judah.
- Asa rightly attributed that peace to the Lord.
- In another battle where the enemy had twice as many soldiers ready to fight, God gave Judah victory. This time, against one million Ethiopians.
Questions to consider:
- This passage causes us to consider the ideas of peace and rest. How did Judah’s peace with God result in peace and rest? (Think: Peace with God, peace from struggles or conflicts with other people, peace of mind) We all desire rest, or peace of mind. How do we rightly value those things in connection with true peace with our Maker?
- Did the rest Judah experienced mean they did not work? What efforts were being made in their time of rest because they were in a time of rest? In what ways does valuing “rest” (Inactivity) too highly result in a lack of rest? What happens to the quality of our rest when we have done good work and pursued righteousness in the grace of God?
- What did Asa base his appeal upon in his prayer to God in verse 11? How would you have spoken this prayer in your own words? How does it rightly define our God and His faithfulness?