Asa is a good king by the Chronicler’s measure. He does the things a good king does: destroys idols (14:3), protects his people (14:6) and leads so that there is “rest”. Nine times in his account the phrase “sought the Lord” is repeated. The one major failure of his reign was when he didn’t seek the Lord and relied on his alliance with King Aram (16:7). The Chronicler defines what “seeking the Lord” means by several different phrases. He describes it as “relying on” (14:11), “covenant of heart and soul” (15:12), and “fully committed” (15:17).
Our lives are defined by our allegiance to God. When we turn from self-reliance to fully trust in Him, we find “rest on every side” (14:7).