January 23, 2020
Right with God and Unpopular with The World
1 Kings 15:11-14 (KJB) And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. 14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.
Asa highly regarded God and desired to be in right spiritual standing with Him even if it meant he would be working against those near and dear to him who had adopted the twisted agenda at work in this wicked world. What do I mean by this bold sounding statement? Asa was a man of God who desired to please God alone, caring not whether he be accepted by any wayward hearts, whether they be family, friends, or foes.
A child of God desires to do right and be right with God. He or she does not care whatever personal cost he may face for following the desires and direction of God rather than adapting to the crooked sinful ways at work in this world. Look at the life of Asa, as these verses state, he removed the Sodomites of the land, rid the land of idols, and even replaced his grandmother as queen because of her continued alliance with such godless idolatry.
Asa was moved to do a lot of good things in the name of the Lord as did his father before him.
However, you will notice that though Asa served God in many vital areas, and worked to remove sin, he failed to remove the high places. What are these high places? The custom of serving gods and pagan worship in the land was so entrenched that Asa was not able to eradicate it as he had the sin of sodomy. However, Asa accomplished all that given of God; he remained in good spiritual standing, albeit he remained unpopular with the people and was hated in this world.
Though a man cannot remove all sin he can do that which God has planned for his life as he sojourns in this wicked world.
Asa feared God more than he feared any potential repercussions in dealing with sin; among friends, family, and foes alike. Asa remained innocent before God, for he was courageous in dealing with the presence of sin at work in this world.
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