In some cases, I find myself drawing parallels between Israel and America. As the world seems in disarray, I’m comforted to read about the relationship God has with nations while He seemingly works behind the scenes. There was a long time during the reign of Asa that Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. Asa reformed Israel after being confronted by Azariah son of Obed and Chronicles records, “In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Ch15:5-7 NIV).