2Ch 14:1-4, 1 Abijah slept with his fathers,…And Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land had REST for ten years 2 And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God 3 He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim 4 and commanded Judah to SEEK the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment.
Asa succeeded his father and did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. He aimed at pleasing God, studied to approve himself to Him. In his days, God gave him peace and rest. In the days of peace and rest, rather than be dormant, they set to reform their kingdom. This preparation was not to rely on their strength or confidence, they availed themselves as vessels for God’s glory. He removed high places, he built fortified cities, towers, gates, raised an army as they sought the Lord and in vs 8, the Lord directed their steps.
It is easy to relax in the time of peace and not reform or seek God. It is easy to wait until the day of trouble to figure out what to do. That was not with Asa and his kingdom. We must desire to seek God even in the days of rest and peace, in the days that everything is working well. Prayer is not reserved for the day of trouble only.