“Then he went back to Jerusalem.” 2 Kings 23:20.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Kings 23, 2 Chronicles 35, and John 7.
Talk is cheap but no one could ever accuse King Josiah of just being a talker.
Once Josiah realized that his predecessors had angered God, he did everything he could think of to please God. Talk about going in the opposite direction!
And this wasn’t just a “scorched earth” approach in which everything was trashed. Josiah was selective. There were reasons for the things that were destroyed getting destroyed. They had been places and people who had been connected to specific godless things.
There is also an example of something being spared: A prophet’s bones were spared because he had spoken out against the wrongs being done. So Josiah was thorough and selective.
When I look at my own life, I need to be at least as thorough as Josiah in recognizing sin and removing the sinful areas.
Am I willing to stop doing things, no matter what they are? God can work best with a surrendered life.
I must be on the lookout for counterfeit gods. What do I think about? Where is my money going? What makes me happy? Angry? How do I use my time? Answering those questions could well unearth the counterfeit gods in my life.
I come face-to-face (too) frequently with the anger one. Why did I lose it over this? It is almost always caused by my overriding selfishness. I want my way. No consideration is given to what God might want……….and off I go. Sadly, in retrospect.
“Lord, another good role model text. Help me to clear away that which displeases You. I want those things, those influences, removed. I want to be totally right with You so that I can serve You rightly and not with unneeded baggage slowing me down or diverting my attention. I am truly needy, Father. Help me, I beg.”
Am I willing to let God clear out my godless distractions?