Asa, the son of Abijah, had a desire to serve God and be loyal to Him just as his father did. During this time, many of the other tribes of Israel were not serving the Lord. Asa continued much of his father’s religious reform after his death. Asa took away the altars of the strange gods and commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers and to keep the law and the commandments [2 Chronicles 14:3, 4]. Even though they had turned their desires to God, they were not without hardships as Zerah the Ethiopian came against Judah with an army of a million men. Asa prayed, “Lord it is nothing for you to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on you, and in your name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee” (2 Chron. 14:11). The Lord answered Asa’s prayer and defeated the Ethiopians.
There are two key takeaways from this passage of scripture. First, we should all examine our life to see if we need some “religious reform.” We all have idols in our life such as work, money, hobbies, etc. without realizing it. An idol is anything that comes between you and your relationship with the Lord. We need to remove these and put the Lord at the center. Second, we must recognize that it is by His power great things are accomplished not by our own might. Just because we are aligned with God does not mean we can accomplish great things. It means that God can accomplish great things through us.