2011-11-07 - What Would Josiah Say?
Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the LORD their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the LORD, the God of their fathers.(2 Chronicles 34:33)
I never saw my young age as a handicap to rule as king. I took the royal role seriously. I was eight when I took over the throne and ruled for thirty-one years. I began to clean out Jordan and Jerusalem's shameful idols. I personally watched as these heathen images turned to dust. I established a team of men to repair the temple. People brought gifts and money for the worthwhile cause, which I used to pay the carpenters, stonemasons, and to purchase materials.
The workmen were eager and enthusiastic concerning the project, and as a result, took pride in their work. We even had skilled musicians playing in the background as they worked, not a typical work site. Everything was going swimmingly until the high priest Hilkiah made a devastating discovery.
He found a scroll from Moses' time, which divulged our ancestors' disobedience to God's laws - and His plan to bring despair upon the people. I greatly mourned this news. I gathered people in the temple and read the scroll to them, pledged to follow God's commandments, and required all to worship Jehovah. I didn't want to follow in the ancestors' footsteps, and strayed from their tradition of neglecting God. I sought what I believed in my heart.
God honored my interest in the truth, the pursuit of uncovering what went wrong, and the desire to make things right. The Lord did not destroy the city or its people until after my death. I was patient as I did God's will. I had all the people pledge to obey God and His commands, and they did. Pursuit of God was not a passing hobby. I wanted to be a good role model.
Josiah made a commitment to the Lord. What will you pledge to God?