IF YOU SEEK HIM, HE WILL BE FOUND BY YOU: "The
Scriptures abound with similar declarations. They make the course of every
earnest man clear. Seek the Lord in the reading of His word, in prayer to Him,
and in the doing of those things He has commanded; and He will guide your way in
the darkness without any apparent interference, and cause all things (yea even
evil circumstances) to work together for your good, namely, your preparedness
for an entrance into His glorious kingdom. But if ye decline from His ways and
seek your own pleasure, He will leave you to your own -- perhaps successful --
devices, which will at last work out your own self-destruction" (WP
God is in overall control. Whatever happens, and however it
seems to have happened, it is God who has caused it -- and there is always a
lesson for the faithful to learn. The lesson here is in v 7.
So Asa began a spiritual renewal in Judah. Do not think that
the falling away had been a casual thing. From the fact that Asa "renewed the
altar of the Lord", it may be concluded that quite extensive desecration of
Solomon's temple had taken place by now.
MAACAH: The daughter of Absalom (2Ch 11:20-22), the
third wife of Rehoboam, and mother of Abijam (1Ki 15:2), She is called "Michaiah
the daughter of Uriel" -- who was the husband of Absalom's daughter Tamar -- in
2Ch 13:2. Her son (Abijah, or Abijam) was heir to the throne.