“The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:2)
“It is an honor and happiness to be in bonds to God.” (Matthew Henry)
So much of our misery is the result of forsaking God. True happiness may be found only in seeking, loving, and obeying God. Asa lived a happy and meaningful life because he lived for God. He spent his energies in fighting idolatry in the land and repairing the altar of the Lord. And his zeal for God inspired great numbers to seek the Lord because they saw that God was with him. Because they sought God with all their heart, he was found by them and “the Lord gave them rest all around.” Such is the influence of a godly person! Peace and happiness not only for himself but for others who have been touched by his life. To be sure, he wasn’t perfect. There were things he left undone. “Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days,” (verse 17). As Matthew Henry points out, “There may be defects in some particular duties where yet the heart, in the main, is upright with God. Sincerity is something less than sinless perfection.”
Lord, may my heart be like Asa’s – wholly true to you all my days. Amen.