Read 2 Chronicles 13-16
Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side, So they built and prospered. 2 Chronicles 14:7
There were very few times in Israel’s history that they weren’t at war. We read through all the battle plans and victories in the Old Testament and realize that both the people and God spent much of those centuries in a fighting stance. They were conquering land and facing enemies as fast as they would appear.
So those sporadic years of peace were precious to the kings and their nation. Asa, king of Judah, knew the joys of peace during his reign for one simple reason: he did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord. Completely devoted to God, Asa led his people with a right heart attitude, putting God first in everything they did.
And the results were miraculous. This chapter tells us how the kingdom was quiet, the land was given rest and the people built and prospered. They had everything they needed because of their choices to do what was right in the eyes of God. What a difference their attitude made for the entire nation of Israel.
They sought the Lord in all they did, and He blessed them with peace and safety. Israel was able to use this time of quiet to build and grow and prosper, which would be desperately needed in days to come. But for the moment, they simply praised God for all He had done in their lives, the great things He was doing at that very moment and for their hope in what He was planning for their future.