Building in Times of Peace

This morning I was reading in 2 Chronicles 14 about Solomon's grandson, Asa, becoming king and I came across something that caught my attention:

"He built fortified cities in Judah, since the land was undisturbed, and there was no one at war with him during those years, because the LORD had given him rest." 2 Chronicles 14:6

Interesting. Why did King Asa take the time to build fortified cities when the land was at peace? Because he knew that war was inevitable and it would then be much more difficult (impossible??) to fortify and fight.

How often do I take the "easy" road and build up the bare minimum that is needed at the present moment without regard for the future and what will inevitably be coming? Am I taking advantage of the "peaceful times" to strengthen my habits so they will kick into gear during those seasons when I can't think? Am I storing up truth and challenging my brain to think, even though I don't "have to" now (or don't feel the urgency), so that in time of battle my weapons are sharp and my armory fully stocked?

O, Father, help me to make the most of my "peaceful days", that I might stand strong and walk well through my "trying days".


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