2 Chronicles 14:2-6
2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. 3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.4 He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands.5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him. 6 He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest.
In African traditional religion there is a lot assigned to other gods. It is not uncommon to refer to traditional religion practitioners as idol-worshippers. This is rightly so because of the many idols and man-made shrines with their symbols in African traditional religion. This is not a new phenomenon. In Israel, at certain times in their history, many bowed before graven images. Today’s passage gives credit to Asa for removing foreign altars from Israel. How do these apply to us today?
The average modern-day Christian may not go to the shrine somewhere in a village. He may even not have talismans and other things under his bed, but he/she may still be guilty of idol-worshipping. The Bible describes covetousness as idolatry; and rightly so in our world where the craze after material things has taken the best of many believers; all in the name of ‘prosperity’.
The truth is that those things people chase become idols because they compete with time spent in private with God, they compete with time spent on evangelism and time spent to offer quality service to the kingdom. The healthy Christian is the one who does what Asa did – remove all those altars and worship only Jehovah.
1. Thank God for the eye-opener today that a Christian can still be guilty of idol-worshipping.
2. Ask God to reveal to you all the things that have become idols in your life over the years, so you can put things right.
3. Father, please help me do like Asa did and remove anything that is standing between You and I.
DeclarationsMy God is the only One worthy of worship. He alone deserves my praise. From today, I remove everything that has become a god unto me. I remove any value I have placed on anything in the place of God in my life. I repent and declare by the grace of God that I shall never walk in idol-worship in any form for the rest of my life in the name of Jesus.