2 Chronicles 14:6-8 The Voice (VOICE)
Asa must have learned from his father Abijah’s battle against the Northern Kingdom. Asa knows how important God’s support is to the success of the Southern Kingdom, so as king he makes proper worship of God the first priority of his reign. Proper worship of God surely leads to national stability.
6 Asa utilized this peaceful time which the Eternal had given to build fortified cities in Judah since he was not preoccupied with wars.
Asa (to Judah): 7 Because we have followed the Eternal One, our True God, He has allowed us to keep our land and has given our nation a time of peace. Let’s use this time to strengthen what He has so graciously given us. Let’s build strong cities, defend them with walls, guard them with towers, secure them with gates, and lock them with crossbars.
The Judahites agreed, so they built the cities and prospered. 8 Asa built an army of heroic men including 300,000 Judahites, who carried large shields and spears, and 280,000 Benjaminites, who carried shields and bows.