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After King Solomon’s reign, Israel split into two nations, Israel and Judah. Idol worship was prevalent in both kingdoms and successions of wicked kings brought the nations turmoil.

Abijah, a king of Judah, followed God and passed his faith along to his son, Asa. Asa had a mostly peaceful reign, given to him by God for his obedience and zeal when it came to tearing down idols and re-aligning the nation back to the one true God. 2 Chronicles 14:8 says Asa “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.”

Because Asa pointed his countrymen toward God, Judah experience a revival. The nation rebuilt and renewed its commitment to the Lord. 2 Chronicles 15 says, “All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.”

Asa saw into his country’s soul and knew what was ailing it. We need to do the same. Our idols are not necessarily of wood or precious metals, but we worship things other than God with our time, energy and money. These things pull us away from the only person who truly deserves our worship. Look at your habits, what you spend time and money on, and maybe you will see something that God wants you to reform, just as Asa did.

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