Hello to those reading this. It has been a while since I’ve written anything. It’s actually been around 8 months. I’ve decided to start writing every now and then. It probably won’t be every day, but it will be when I can. 🙂
I was studying this morning for the 1st grade class that I teach in our church, and I realized this afternoon that I was studying the wrong chapter. I’m not saying there is a right or wrong chapter of the God’s Word to study. What I mean is that based off last week’s story/lesson, what I was studying this morning does not come next chronologically. I was in the right chapter number, but I was in the wrong book. However, I think God wanted me to read what I read.
I was reading II Kings 22-23 about when Josiah became King. I am not sure how I would feel as a member of a kingdom that crowned an eight-year-old to be king, but that is what they did. Josiah came from a line of those before him that were not doing right. There were idols set up and so forth. Someone found a copy of the Scripture/Law and read it to Josiah. From that moment on, he decided to do whatever it is that portion of Scripture said to do. He started getting stuff done!
II Kings 23:3 says, “And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.”
Josiah then began to take down the all the vessels made for Baal and the groves and burned them! He began to set an example and was very clear to the people what was right and what was wrong. There were other Kings that knew the idols and things of Baal were wrong, but they didn’t do anything about it. They didn’t personally partake in them, but the Bible says that they did not remove the high places. Josiah was not like that. He identified what was wrong, and he REMOVED it from his life.
If only more Christians were like Josiah. Those that came before him were not good and righteous people. Josiah had the excuse to not do what was right, but he didn’t use it. He chose to do whatever it was the Word of God said. He didn’t consult with his friends to see if it was the “in” thing to do. He didn’t consult with the “Israelite media” to see if it was acceptable in their day and age. He just did what he knew was right. May that be our desire today as Christians. One of my favorite quotes is that the Christian life isn’t always easy, but it IS simple. I feel like many times that people make the Christian life out to be a lot more difficult that it is. It all boils down to this: Will YOU do what is right?