I began reading the next chapter in 2 Chronicles today and found Abijah's son Asa in a similar situation as his father. This time it was the King of Ethiopia who attacked Asa with a huge army. But even though the enemy had 420,000 more men than Judah, Asa didn't seem to be afraid. Instead, his prayer expressed confidence in God's ability to aid him.
Lord, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!" –2 Chronicles 14:11
As expected, the Lord gave Judah the victory against a much larger army. Asa turned to the One who could help him and found him faithful once again. This is a wonderful thing. But I see something beyond the wonderful outcome of the battle. After reading of Abijah's faith in God yesterday and now his son Asa's faith in God, I couldn't help but think that Asa had learned from his father's example.
Fathers who live out their faith in God are wonderful examples for their children to follow. My father never fought in a battle like Abijah or Asa, but his quiet example of morning devotional reading and prayer will always stick with me. It's something that I still consider important today. And as you can see, I am still excited to read the Scriptures each morning! I hope to be that kind of example to my children as well. And with God's help they will learn to love him as my father and I do.