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, in accordance with all the Law of Moses. 2 Kings 23:25
One day we will be no more. We will have had our innings on earth. We will have completed the allotted time allocated for us to live. So it is perhaps worth considering now before you “depart” how you will be remembered once you are gone. What do you think of Josiah’s epitaph – quite special don’t you think? Especially considering he had his innings during the volatile era of the kings of Israel, where the vast majority of leaders lost their way, served their own interests and led the people away from the living God. In the middle of a sordid society God used Josiah when he was just twenty six years old to challenge the status quo and introduce radical reforms. So, what did Josiah do so well?
- The neglected Word of God became the top priority.
- Personally supervised the public cleansing of visible idols.
- Reinstated the Passover.
What God did through Josiah to reform his world is what God wants to do through you to reform your world. Radical reform is possible when the Word of God is reinstated to top priority, followed by a personal spiritual inventory check that cannot be delegated to anyone else. Josiah tore his robes in grief at his own sin and that of the nation he loved, we should do the same. The Passover reminded the people who they belonged to providing them with a unique identity, the same way Communion does it for us today; we are the people of God – accepted, forgiven and on a journey to the Promised Land.
Prayer: Lord you are the sovereign ruler of the universe. Reveal to me my own sin that I may truly repent and change my lifestyle and ways. In your power and through your mercy and grace I ask you to use me to reform my world as you used Josiah in days of old.