Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33 (additional reading: Psalm 26:1-12 and Proverbs 20:19)
It’s easy when you’re young to suppose that making a big impact in the world is something for those who are older. That if the Lord did happen to have big plans for your life, that those plans are on hold waiting for adulthood.
But, throughout the pages of Scripture, some of the Lord’s greatest victories are led by the young. The young man Joseph in spite of imprisonment and slavery saved both his family and the rest of the world from starvation. Samuel heard the Lord call his name when he was still a child. Only a boy named David defeated the Philistine champion Goliath. History’s Messiah was delivered to us by a girl named Mary who yielded herself to God’s plan and named her baby Jesus.
And here at the end of 2 Chronicles we read about a boy named Josiah who led his nation Judah in it’s last great revival. I believe it is and always has been God’s plan to use young people to forcefully move forward his plan. The question is how can young people and older people alike make a difference for the Lord?
v. 3 says “In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.” Josiah made a decision to seek the God of his fathers. He began to be dissatisfied with the status quo. He was unwilling to let things stay the way that they were. Everything always begins when individuals recognize the interior call of God and that longing gives way to an earnest seeking.
v. 3 continues “In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.” He started a process! In his seeking of the Lord, Josiah began to understand that his life and his kingdom wasn’t measuring up to God’s expectations and so he decided to do something about it. What about you? Do you have a vision of what God can do in and through you? Have you begun to Seek the Lord with all of your heart? Have you followed through with the decision to begin the process? Have you gotten the began with a bold stand for Jesus Christ?
What have you put on hold until later more ‘perfect’ time?
Father, Thank You that Your timing is always perfect. Thank You that You have a plan for us regardless of our age or ability. Help us to respond to Your call. In Jesus’ name, Amen