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No stone unturned!

“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?

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Josiah gets it

“Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found.  Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”  2 Kings 22:13.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 34, and John 6.

What a shock for King Josiah!

Those assigned to clean up the temple find the Book of the Law.  They bring the book to Josiah and read some of it to him.  Josiah can’t believe his ears as he realizes that those before him have angered God and worse yet their bad judgment will bring judgment on him and his people too.

What to do?  Josiah tears his robe in an announcement that wrong has been done.  He recognizes sin in those before him.

Josiah doesn’t ask God to change His mind regarding the punishment but God does anyhow.

I like the decisiveness of Josiah.  When sin is detected, Josiah recognizes it for what it is and understands the consequences.

I am a sinner.  I must clearly understand that truth.  When I think of myself as, “pretty good,” I am elevating myself to not deserving the punishment sinning earns me.  ONE sin makes me eligible for God’s eternal wrath!

How thankful I am that God took care of my sin problem.  He sent Jesus to earth to die in my place with my sins on Him.  Those sins are removed from my record!  I am in the clear on Judgment Day.  I stand innocent before God because I believe that Jesus took care of my sins for me.  Hallelujah.

“Lord, fill me with instant concern over my sins.  Let them not hide out in my subconscious.  Surface them so that I can identify them and claim Your forgiveness.  Thank You for recording Josiah’s example.  I love You, Lord.”

We must realize sin, deal with it, and move on.

 

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Will you go all in?

“The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord – to follow the Lord, and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book.”  2 Chronicles 34:31.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 34, and John 6.

Josiah goes all in.

Nothing half-hearted about the young king’s intentions.

Josiah vowed in public to do whatever God wanted Him to do.  He vowed to obey everything that was in the Book of the Laws.

Josiah might not be able to always obey everything but he committed before others to try to.

What is the level of your commitment to God?  What is mine?  Are we intent on doing what He wants?

I read today’s verse and was impressed by not only the level of Josiah’s commitment but his willingness to let everyone know about it.

How easy it is to have a “private” trust in God.  A “private” willingness to please Him.  No repercussions when things start sliding.  Josiah wouldn’t have that luxury.  People knew what he had promised.

I must fully commit myself to God.  I can’t help but think that in my case it can’t be a one-and-done commitment.  I must at least do it daily.

What would happen if I declared daily at the start of the day that I was committing myself to God?  What if those in my midst were alerted by me of my commitment?  I could have myself be accountable.

“Lord, I surrender this day to You.  Help me to renew that commitment as often as it takes for it to affect the way I live.  I want to please You.  Help me, Lord.”

Could you commit to God the way Josiah did?  God wants nothing less.

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Josiah

Do not stop considering the lilies.

Do not stop considering the lilies.

“Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did, with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength.” 2 Kings 23:25

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 2 Kings 23 & 2 Chronicles 35 & John 7)

Josiah was the best king of Judah there ever was, including David.

What is remarkable about Josiah was how thorough he was in getting himself and his people right before God.

Kings before him had done things that God didn’t approve of. Josiah figured out what they were and removed them or destroyed them. There was nothing halfway about Josiah’s drive to get things right with God.

Certainly a lesson for me: Be determined to be right with God. I can’t be carrying godless baggage. I need to examine my life with the thoroughness of Josiah and then take action to make my life right with God.

Some of life’s habits are so ingrained that they become near permanent. Some of those “lifer’s” are godless. Am I willing to let them go?

A true believer’s lifestyle will be radical in the eyes of nonbelievers. “Why have you stopped doing this?” “Why do you put so much time into doing that?” “Why do you constantly refer to your relationship to God?” “I liked you the way you used to be.”   Smooth sailing certainly not guaranteed.

Josiah didn’t care about reactions to what he did. He knew, from the Book of the Law, what needed to be done and saw that those changes got done. I need his determination.

“Lord, Josiah discovered Your Way and pursued it with all his strength. Your Way for me is what I want. Illuminate me. Prick my conscience. Forgive me for being half-hearted about rightly representing You. I love You, Lord, with all my heart. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

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God is angry!

hwfm-August-4“Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book…” 2 Kings 22:13

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 2 Kings 22 & 2 Chronicles 34 & John 6)

You have to admire young Josiah’s ability to figure things out. Sin abounds when he became King as an eight-year-old. By the time he’s twenty he’s into cleaning everything up.

Then from within the temple the Book of the Law is found. When Josiah sees it and reads it he is overwhelmed. He figures out that the evil that existed when he became king has greatly angered God. Destruction is likely for Josiah and his kingdom as a result. Realizing this Josiah humbles himself before God. Josiah then takes steps to restore his people to God as well as clearing away all the godless things in their midst.

Quite a story! So many things to take away from it.

I must not continue to do that which is evil. “That’s just the way it is,” isn’t a valid excuse for continuance. Josiah saw evil and changed. So many of the Old Testament kings followed in the evil footsteps of their predecessor. How do I react to evil?

God heard Josiah. Another example of prayer reaching the One Who can do something about things. I must turn to the One Who knows what’s best at all times.

I can be a Godly example in my midst. I must not give in to the evil within the culture I live in. I must rightly represent Him in all that I do. God is aware of what I do. How mindful that should make me of what I do.

“I thank You Father for Your Word. Thanks for role model Josiah. Help me to realize the consequences of my actions. You know what I do and think. I want all of me to please You. Fill me with You, I beg!”

 

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Ignoring God (2 Chronicles 35:22) – Neil Armstrong

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(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 2 Kings 23 & 2 Chronicles 35 & John 7)

“He would not listen to what Neco had said at God’s command but went to fight him on the Plain of Megiddo.”  2 Chronicles 35:22

What spiritual lesson have I learned from this verse?
This one is the wakeup call that even the best can fall off the tracks.  It almost seems like out of the blue Josiah does his own thing and pays a serious price.  I must understand that following God is not a part-time job.  I cannot go my own way.  I must do what He wants.  I must quickly back track when I go astray.  There is no elevated spiritual position that allows me to live independent of Him.  If Josiah could fall then it should be clear to me that anyone, including me, can as well.  I do not know it all.  I will never know it all.  I must lean on Him for directions always.  I must be obedient to His commands.

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5th.  God gave him the opportunity to be the first person to walk on the moon.

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