Hi faithful daily readers, Ron is on Mission in Fiji, so allow me to share a few comments on today’s reading which is about the most awesome king of all (in my opinion)…Josiah!
Josiah is given the book of the law, most likely, Deuteronomy. He reads the history of the deliverance of God’s people, the gift of the Land and the blessings and the curses. He then reviews Judah/Israel’s history and does what no other king seemed to have had the guts to do…
Reading the lengths that Josiah went to to remove the stain of idolatry from the land, we are expecting God to respond with a big endorsement and happily ever after ending. After all, Josiah has brought a national reform, purged evil and restored the name and reputation of Yahweh. And yet…Josiah is killed in battle and God will not be swayed in His judgement on Judah.
Sometimes we can set out a very simple equation for God to follow: Me + repentance + prayer = God delivers. It can be faith shattering when God doesn’t work to our expectations (no matter how reasonable or well intentioned we might be). Josiah must have been gutted. Even so, there is no record of him crying with his face to the wall like Hezekiah, or selfishly thinking its the next generation’s problem. I think Josiah has an amazing perspective of who God is—God must be worshipped and revered for His glory regardless of how we might benefit. Sound too hard? …too ego centric of God?
Because God is good, He can be trusted. Even though Josiah had every right to cry “unfair” “why are you silent God” “why have you turned your back on me God” God is still working His plans and can be trusted!
The reason that God is silent is that its time not only to demolish alters and idols but also kings as well to make way for a true king, Jesus. Without the storm there cannot be the bright dawn of salvation.
Darkness is stirring but light will dawn. God can be trusted with light. Light is His business.
In 1 John we read,
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin”
Thank God that in our darkest moments He is the light-bringer!