READ: 2 Chronicles 34
THINK: Josiah became a king when he was 8 years old, a seeker at 16, a reformer at 20, and a humble servant of God at age 26. His dramatic spiritual growth and leadership resulted from listening to God’s Word and then obeying what he heard.
While the temple in Jerusalem was being repaired and purified, the long-neglected Book of the Law was found and read aloud to young King Josiah. When he heard it, he humbled himself, tore his robes, and wept in the presence of God (2 Chronicles 34:19,27). Josiah realized the enormous sin of those who had led the nation before him, and he decided that deep and lasting change had to begin with him. His public renewal of the covenant and His commitment to follow the Lord and keep His commands ignited a revival that swept the entire nation (vv.31-33).
What’s wrong with the nation where you live today? Greed? Violence? Indifference toward God? How long has it been sinking into a moral and spiritual quagmire? Are you feeling too young, or too old, or too powerless to do anything about it?
Josiah – seeker, reformer, servant of God, a 20-something king who wept for his people – has shown us the way.
PRAY: A.W. Tozer always said that every person is as full of the Holy Spirit as they will to be. Revival starts in our own hearts. Pray: “Lord, send a revival, and let it begin in me,” and let this song be the prayer of your heart today.