Saturday, August 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 216 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
I have Food for Fairborn this morning, and an early breakfast. Will get to my SOAP later today. Have a good one! Scott
2 Kings 22:11, “When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.”
2 Chronicles 34 contains the answer that 2 Kings 22 didn’t.
33, “Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers.”
John 6:44, ““No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them.”
That’s a powerful statement about the process of one coming to Christ.
Step 1. God draws me.
Step 2. I choose to follow Christ.
Josiah began his reign at age 8.
Began seeking the Lord at age 16.
At age 20 he began purging Judah and Jerusalem of its high places, Asherah poles, idols and images.
At age 26 he began to purify the land and the temple, when they found the book of the law. (What? Was it in some remote closet? Buried under stuff?)
“As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers.”
What a testimony to the life of one person.
Granted, he (Josiah) was king and had great influence, but it says he began seeking the Lord at age 16. Over the next ten years even though they didn’t have the Book of the Law yet, he knew that all the idol worship was wrong and he began purging Judah and Jerusalem of all of that. It culminated in his publicly reading of the Book of the Covenant (the Law)… and committed himself and urged all those in attendance to commit themselves to it.
2 Chronicles 34:33 “Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers.”
Josiah made sweeping changes… And I’m pretty sure not everyone was happy about it.
“Who does Josiah think he is to tell me who I can or can not worship? Does he really think, even as King, that he has the right to tear down our places of worship? Does he think that he can force us to worship his God?”
I love Josiah’s passion and desire to make things right.
Last night at church (I’m finishing this blog very early Sunday morning…) immediately following worship, I invited all our youth to the front (most of them were already up there…) and told them this story and blessed them to do the things God is calling them to do. (Josiah was only 16 when he began seeking the Lord…) Then, as a church, we blessed them and prayed for them… It was a very powerful moment.
I can’t wait to see what God does with our youth!
Lord, I thank you for the youth and young people at our church. I pray that you would bless them and anoint them to do the things you are calling them to do!