Josiah was one of Judah’s greatest Kings. He began to reign when he was just 8 years old. His great-grandfather, Hezekiah, was also faithful to God! Unfortunately, Josiah’s father, Amon and his grandfather, Manasseh, were unfaithful, and considered two of Judah’s worst kings. I am convinced the prayers of Hezekiah, great-grandfather of Josiah, guided him in the ways of God. Never underestimate the power of your prayers for your children!!
When Josiah was 18 years old, he began a major project to repair the Temple in Jerusalem. He emptied the treasury of money and gave it to purchase quarried stone and timber and to pay the carpenters, masons and workers. He recognized the importance of caring for God’s house.
Then something amazing happened. We read in 2 Kings 22:8 ff, “the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord …. Shaphan then read it aloud to the King. When the King (Josiah) heard the words of the book of the Law, he tore his clothes.” Josiah recognized that his ancestors had not obeyed the words of God’s law, and expressed his sorrow by ripping his clothes.
Eventually Josiah ordered that God’s Law be read to the people, and he made a covenant with God to obey and trust God’s promises. And all the people joined him in his covenant.
God’s Word is our source of strength and peace. A new church year begins on December 1st, which is the First Sunday in Advent. Will you join me in reading through the Bible? Just four chapters a day will allow you to read the whole Bible. Will it always be exciting? No. But I promise that you will receive God’s rich blessings. “God’s Word never returns void.” (Isaiah 55:11)