Summary: This sermon deals with King Asa and his falling away. It contains the story of a young Christian who experienced a similar failing.
SO FAR, SO GOOD!
1 So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land was quiet for ten years.
2Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God,
One of the main disappointments preachers have...
is to see people fall away from serving the Lord.
Today's sermon is about people who do that!
When King David died, his son Solomon became king of Israel.
The Bible says Solomon asked God for wisdom
to govern his people.
So far, so good.
But Solomon allowed his foreign wives to influence him.
They drew him toward their pagan gods...
and he failed to remain faithful to God in his later years.
As a result of his idolatry, the nation of Israel was divided...
when Solomon died.
Solomon's son, Rehoboam became king of the Southern Kingdom, Judah.
The Bible says He did evil in the sight of the Lord.
Well, He died and his son, Abijah, took his place.
Abijah began his reign trusting the Lord for guidance
and he defeated Jeroboam, King of Israel in battle.
So far, so good.
But for the most part Abijah did evil in the sight of the Lord.
He died and his son Asa became the new king.
Our Bible text this morning says:
2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God,
So far, so good.
But then 1 poor choice, just 1 bad decision,
a momentary compromise,
and all the good was turned into failure.
What is it about Kings, politicians and even religious leaders
that makes them think they are above the law?
What gets into people
when they are elevated to positions of trust and responsibility?
What gets into us...that makes any of us start well
and end so weak?
It happened to David.
It happened to Solomon.
It happened to Abijah.
And we will see this morning...
it happened to Asa.
These things don't shock us anymore.
Respect for authority has been damaged...
because so many of our leaders have failed.
We see it in our government leaders.
We see it in our church leaders.
and even in our own lives.
A good start!
A desire to change the world!
A desire to make a difference!
Enthusiasm and many good works.
But far too often... there comes the moment of truth.
And those who possessed such promise and potential...
allowed their weaknesses to get the best of them.
Let me tell you the story of Charles Lankford.
Charles was a 24 old man.
His wife, Dianna, was an attractive young woman.
Charles and Dianna were Christians.
They were faithful members at Greenwood Church.
After 3 years of marriage, Dianna gave birth to twin boys.
The Lankfords were a happy family.
Everyone was healthy.
They lived in a nice home out in the country.
And Charles had a good job at the First National Bank.
He was given a job there after graduating from college.
The Lord had blessed Charles and Dianna.
One day, Charles came home from work...
and told Dianna that there was a rumor going around at the bank.
Old Ned Washington was getting ready to retire.
Everyone said they expected the Bank President John Barker...
to name Charles as the new Chief Loan officer of the bank.
Though he had worked at the bank less than a year...
he had always performed his duties very well.
Everyone at the bank liked Charles and respected him.
Charles Lankford, like King Asa, had a bright future.
So far, so good!
Let's look closer at the Bible story of King Asa this morning.
POINT #1. King Asa did right in the sight of the Lord
2 Chronicles 14: 2-4:
Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God, 3 for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images. 4 He commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.
Let's list the things Asa did right:
#1 He demolished the idols his fathers had set up...
and tore down their altars.
#2 He commanded the people to seek the Lord...
and to obey Him.
#3 In Chapter 15:16 the Bible says...
he even fired his own grandmother, Maacah,
from being Queen Mother.
WHY did he do that?
Because of her immoralities and idolatries.
In summary, Asa cleaned house in Judah.
And why did King Asa do all those things?
1 Kings 15:14 says: "Asa's heart was fully committed to the Lord....."
Let me ask you this question: "How about you?"