Reading: 2 Kings 23:21-25
Did you know… that Josiah was eight years old when he became king? Josiah was a king who pleased God.
Did you know… that Josiah read God’s law? Josiah didn’t rely on what all the other people were doing – if he did, he would have joined them in worshipping idols. Josiah wanted to know what God said about things.
Did you know… that Josiah was tender-hearted and humble? When he found out what God wanted, he changed what he was doing. He feared God’s punishment and he cared about pleasing God.
Did you know… that Josiah taught all the people to follow God also? We see that he was interested in teaching others and saving them from God’s judgment.
Did you know… because of his faithfulness, Josiah did not have to fear what would happen to him after he died? It says so in 2 Kings 22:20. And God promises the same thing to us!
Loves has been perfected among us in this:
that we may have boldness in the day of judgment;
because as He is, so are we in this world.
1 John 4:17
For Further Study:
God wants us to feel confident about being with Him someday, just like Josiah did. He wants His people to feel hope and peace about an eternal home with Him. Read Proverbs 14:32; Romans 14:8; Philippians 1:21; and Revelation 14:13.
Josiah changed because he read God’s Word. This is seen over and over again in the Scripture – faith comes from hearing the Word first (Romans 10:17). Sometimes the Word was read, sometimes it was preached, sometimes it came through a prophet. But always, it was only the True and inspired Word of God that brought people to act in a way that pleased God. In fact, when people acted without reading God’s Word, they very often made mistakes and were punished! Read about these examples from the Bible. Did these people seek directions from God’s word? Genesis 11:1-8; 1 Samuel 13:11-14; Matthew 7:21-23 ; Acts 17:1-4; Acts 19:11-20.
Journal: Do you know that you’re more blessed than Josiah? Josiah had the imperfect Law of Moses; but God has given you the complete gospel of Jesus Christ! You can read it, change your life, and teach others to change just like Josiah did! Pray to God to help you stay faithful to His Word, just like His young servant Josiah. God notices your courage and love for Him!