High Places

2 Chronicles 15:17

Mount Taranaki, Egmont National Park, Taranaki, New Zealand

2518m – 8261ft

Photo by Pascal Habermann / Unsplash

But the high places were not removed from Israel; nevertheless Asa’s heart was wholly devoted all his days.

2 Chronicles 15:17, LSB

Asa was a faithful king in Judah, yet it is pointed out that the places of idol worship remained. We live in a live-and-let-live mentality in our world. A belief that the things of God and the things not of God can peacefully coexist. In fact, there is a bumper sticker that tries to assert this exact thing. The problem is that darkness cannot coexist with the light. This is why those who call for coexistence are often so intolerant of Christ being taught and proclaimed in open spaces. They cry out, “Separation of Church and State,” with little understanding of the roots of that statement and unwilling to learn what that truly means. Idols don’t stand well next to the one true God. This fact was revealed to the Philistines when they placed the Ark of the Covenant in their temple next to their God. The fact that places of idol worship remained in the land of Judah showed that the heart of the people was not with God. As Christians, we are called to tear down all the high places in the territory of our hearts so we may better proclaim His glory in the high places of others' hearts.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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