Josiah became king of Judah when he was only 8 years old, yet the Bible tells us he “did what was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or the left.” (2 Chronicles 34:2). In verse three, it tell us that in his 8th year of being king (he would have been 16 years old) he began to seek God. Then in his 12th year, he began to purge the nation of all the idolatry worship. In the 18th year of his reign, he began repairing the temple and in doing so, the book of the law was discovered. This could have been one or more scrolls containing the entire Pentateuch, which we know as the first five books of the Bible: Genesis to Deuteronomy. The scroll were brought to the king and his secretary started to read what was written in the scrolls. As the king listened, he became convicted of the sins of the nation and overcome with dread as he realized Judah had not kept the word of the lord for a long time and that God’s punishment was very likely. He sent his royal officers to a prophetess named Huldah to inquire of God to see what wrath the nation could expect. Huldah’s response was very grave, but God promised Josiah that because his heart was tender and he humbled himself before God, that God would hold off His wrath until after Josiah had died. His attitude of repentance and his willingness to obey God would bring a reprieve, but judgement was also inevitable. Josiah then gathered all the people together and restored true worship of Yahweh and the people kept the Passover.
Throughout all the kings of Israel and Judah, we find that each king either led the people in idolatry or he led them to worship God. The people followed whatever the king did. People who are in leadership positions need to recognize the influence they have on those whom they lead. Leaders can either lead people away from God, or to God. Either way, they will have to give an accounting one day and be responsible to God for how they led. Whether your leadership role is as a parent, older sibling, supervisor, CEO, law enforcement, politician, or president, how you lead is answerable to God.
People who are in leadership positions need to recognize the influence they have on those whom they lead. Leaders can either lead people away from God, or to God. Either way, they will be responsible to God for how they led. –click to tweet.
Many nations across our globe are in the same condition as the nation of Judah had been. With the exception of a few Godly kings mixed in, most of the kings turned away from God to worship false gods and idols. Some even sacrificed their own children in the pagan worship practices. For centuries, America had been known as a Godly nation, but sadly, we too have seen a falling away of Godly principles and teachings. As a result, crime is higher than ever, the value of human life is rapidly declining. There is no same in an unwed pregnancy or in being a homosexual. Removing the Ten Commandments from our court rooms doesn’t erase God’s laws. Sin is still sin. God is still God. And as God judged Judah and Israel, he will judge the nations today.
Josiah led his nation to a revival and the people returned to worshiping God. Our world needs a revival today. It is time for us to inquire of God for our nation and the nations of the earth. It’s time for us to return to valuing God’s laws and to keep His commandments. If not the time is coming where God’s wrath will be poured out on us.
Our world needs a revival today. It is time for us to inquire of God for our nation and the nations of the earth. It’s time for us to return to valuing God’s laws and to keep His commandments. — click to tweet
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
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