Archive for August 21st, 2013

2 Chronicles 34

2 Chronicles 34 gives us more detail on Josiah, the eight year old who becomes king and does a turn around on the kingdom.  He comes along after a couple very evil kings, including his father.  And scripture tells us “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”.  What measuring stick do you walk against?  Is that what matters in your life?  That you do what is right in the eyes of the Lord?  It really is how we should view our life here on this earth.  Are we walking in God’s ways?  Are we doing what is right in His sight?

What did that look like?  Scripture gives us three characteristics of Josiah’s walk:

–       “walked in the ways of David his father

–       did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left

–       began to purge

Josiah learned how to walk from others – David who was a few generations prior.  Sometimes we think we have to grow up and be mature before we can walk with Jesus but “while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father”.  It isn’t an age thing.  Following God is a heart thing.  Later in this chapter Josiah is spared seeing God’s wrath “because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words….and you have humbled yourself before me and have torn your clothes and wept before me”.  God blesses those who walk with Him.

They do experience finding God’s Word.  It sort of reminds me of the way many of us treat it.  We have our Bible sitting on a shelf, collecting dust, waiting in case we need it.  But we don’t take it off daily and read God’s Word.  We don’t pour over it and study what God has for us.  It is just filling a spot on the table, or in the drawer, or on the shelf.  In case we might need it, not because we do need it.  Scripture tells us “Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given through Moses”.  It had been lost and pushed aside by the prior leadership.  And now, it is uncovered and brought to Josiah’s attention.  The dust is blown off and it is pulled from its place and brought to the king.

So what does Josiah do?  “He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord”.  He didn’t take it from Hilkiah and stick it on a shelf in the palace.  He read it, cover to cover, himself and to his people.  Not a few verses here or there, he read it all.  And he was impacted to the point of tearing his clothes and weeping before God.  He knew they were in a bad place having been disobedient to God for so long.  So he came before God, and he “made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book”.  Josiah took action on what he read and worked to make the relationship with God right again.  Where are you in your walk with God?  Is He central, or sitting on the sideline in case you need Him like we treat His Word?  We need to do what Josiah did.  We need to read His Word and walk His way

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