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“May you and I never discount the effect that even the youngest Christian can have on others.” <>< Dona (05/29/20)

Please read II Kings 22-25.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Kings 22 Amon’s son, Josiah became king of Judah at the age of 8.  “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his ancestor David, not turning aside from the right or to the left” (verse 2). 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, even a young person can cause change in a society.

Something to think about

When Josiah was a young adult, with just one reading of God’s law, he changed the course of the nation (verses 11-13). 

Something to experience

Even young people can take God seriously and obey Him.  The Word of God should cause us, like Josiah, to take action immediately to reform our lives and bring them in line with God’s will.

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In II Kings 23:1-23 when Josiah realized the terrible state of the religious life in Judah he acted.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Josiah didn’t just say what he believed was the right thing to do, he followed through. 

Something to think about

It wasn’t enough for Josiah to identify the problem he needed to respond. 

Something to experience

When we believe something needs to be done, we must also respond with action, by doing what our faith is calling us to do.  This means being obedient to God’s Word.

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II Kings 23 verse 25 says “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.”

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Josiah was considered the greatest in following Your Law.

Something to think about

Josiah’s pattern of obedience – 1. He recognized sin. 2. He eliminated sinful practices. 3. He attacked the causes of sin.  This plan still works today.

Something to experience

We too need to recognize sin, eliminate sinful practice and attack the cause of sin.  We need to seek out the situations, relationships, routines and patterns of life that lead us to temptation.

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II Kings 24 verse 37 says Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, became king and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, it seemed Jehoiakim was as bad as his father, Josiah, was good.

Something to think about

Why was Jehoiakim so bad?  Was his father too busy with ruling?  Or was Jehoiakim just rebellious?

Something to experience

Being a strong believing parent doesn’t mean our children will stay on the path we’re on. We can teach our children about our faith.  And we can practice, explain and teach our way of living. But following Jesus is a choice each of us has to make for ourselves. F.Y.I. I believe God gives each of us more than one opportunity to follow Him.  II Peter 3:9 says “The Lord does not delay and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will raise up our children to take You seriously and to obey You (Proverbs 22:6 AMP). I pray we will teach our children Your Word.  I pray we will live our lives according to Your Word (Psalm 119:11 AMP). I pray we will repent quickly when we sin (Revelation 2:16 AMP). I pray when we know we need to do something we will do it. I pray we will indeed recognize sin, eliminate sinful practices and follow Your plan for our life. I pray our children will see us living out our faith (Titus 2:7 AMP). I pray our children will learn and live by Your Word (Matthew 4:4 AMP).  I pray they will make the choice to follow You (Matthew 4:19 AMP).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I choose always to follow the Lord.” <>< Dona