Thursday, April 6, 2017

Finding Rest

O. T. #955  "Finding Rest"
April 6,2017
Chronicles 14
And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power; help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on Thee.  2 Chronicles 14:11


Asa is now reigning as king over Judah some 41 years. He was the son of Abijah (reigned 3 years), grandson of Rehoboam (reigned 17 years), great grandson of Solomon (reigned 40 years), and great-great-grandson of David (reigned 40 years). Beginning with Asa, there were only 8 good kings out of 20 who reigned over Judah.

Reading over the chapter, did you notice a word which appeared three times-rest. It has different meanings in the Hebrew language:
  • In verse 6, the land had rest, which means to repose; appease; quiet; be still;
  • The second rest in the same verse, the LORD gave rest to Asa, which means to settle down; cease; quiet;
  • In verse 11, the people rested on God, which means to support one's self.
Who doesn't need some rest today? We all live in hurry up, fast-paced world. It is evident in our schedule, in our driving, in our attitude.
What does God tell us through Psalm 46:10:Be still and know that I am God...
What a challenge for us today. Are we trusting Him to rescue us today? To be present with us today? But are we being still so we can hear His small, gentle voice?


What kind of man was King Asa? J. Vernon McGee describes him as a man of:
  • absolute outstanding character (verses 5-6), taking down the altars and idols and did what was right in the eyes of the LORD his God (verse 2);
  • peace (verses 6-7), but Ethiopia made war with Judah, not the other way around;
  • prayer (verses 11-12), displaying remarkable faith, for he knew God's victories did not depend upon the number or strength of men;
  • great military victory (verses 8-15) with 300,000 warriors and 280,000 warriors from Benjamin using small shields and bows.
Asa appealed to God's omnipotence (power) and reputation in verse 11.  Should we do the same, also?
Are we a man or woman of outstanding character, peace, prayer, faith, and victory, like Asa?


Be a woman of outstanding character.

Be a prayer warrior.

Be a person of great faith in God.

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