Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 22:3-23:30
Have you ever been in a situation in your own life, where you didn’t make a change when you should have, and it has cost you dearly? Sometimes people may have even come up to you and suggested that you change, take a different course of action, let that person go, move out the house, go back to school, but for one reason or another, you decided not to make the change. The only problem is, you know now that you have missed out on an opportunity that could really have made a difference in your life. It’s good to know when it’s time to change.
Not knowing when to change can cause a lot of pain and heartache that could have been avoided. Sometimes, we need to make a change, and we do not know it. We can be deceived by all the good things that are going on around us and think that it’s going to last forever. But in reality the world around us is changing, circumstances are changing, and we ourselves are changing. Change is an inevitable part of life. We have to make choices every day, and the choices we make today are going to affect us for a very long time to come.
We read today Josiah’s dad was anything but a good role model. His father had completed rejected the ways of God. Josiah’s father became king at age 22 and did just about everything he could to alienate God by worshiping idols and offering sacrifices to them. His father reigned as king for only two years, because his own government officials decided enough was enough, and they assassinated him in the palace.
At age 8, Josiah became the 2nd youngest king ever over the nation of Judah. You might ask, what difference could an eight-year-old make in the life of the nation. Well, the answer is a bug one because we learn that in the eighth year of Josiah’s reign, that means at age 16, he began to seek God.
At age 16, Josiah recognized that He needed a change in his own life. The funny thing is that on the outside, he pretty much had all that he could want at age 16. What curfew do you give to the king? What allowance do you give to the king? What girl is not willing to date the king? He could have left things comfortably as they were. But Josiah knew something was missing from his life, and he wanted to know why. He just knew it was time for a change.