One source says only one-third of family businesses make a healthy transition to the next generation, and only twelve percent make a transition to the third generation. On his talk show, Dave Ramsey answered a question about working in a family business. He said, “You have to wear different hats…When I sit down with my daughter on a business-related thing I’m saying ‘Rachel, I am dealing with you on this issue as one of the brands of this company, and I’m your CEO. I’m not talking to you as your dad.’ If they aren’t bringing it, then put on your CEO hat. You’re not firing your kid. You’re firing an incompetent employee.” King Asa must have had a similar model for the royal family.
While there was never a good king over the northern kingdom of Israel during the divided kingdom, Judah (the southern kingdom) had a few good kings. To be a good king in Judah required a lot of effort. It’s the typical frustration, “I just cleaned up this mess; can’t we keep it clean for ten minutes!” As soon as you think you are making progress, there is more work to be done.
Asa got busy “cleaning up” Judah. “Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord…he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made” (1 Kings 15:11-12). Asa already deserves a citation for his meritorious efforts. It’s not easy to reverse your dad’s mistakes and removing sodomites from the kingdom—well, we can fully appreciate how complicated that must have been.
There is one more statement about Asa which underscores his heart’s desire to please the Lord. “And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron” (1 Kings 15:13). The relationship is a little foggy. Based on the family tree the Bible gives, Asa had a grandmother named Maachah. As to whether his mother had the same name is unknown. So taking what we know about Asa, he got rid of granny! Talk about going full bore for right! Asa takes the cake when he fires his grandmother!
The lesson we learn from Asa is this: Where does your loyalty lay? Asa was loyal to what was right before he was loyal to any person. He didn’t have to be unkind or ugly about it, but how genuine would his pursuit of righteousness be if he corrected everyone else but still had a mess in his own home?
Decide to be loyal to God first. Right is thicker than blood. Doing what is right may hurt people you love (i.e. parents, children, friends), however, you will stand accountable before God for what you do, so do “right in the eyes of the Lord.” Your steadfast loyalty to what is right may be the anchor your loved one needs when their life crashes on the rocks of regret.