Josiah, king of Judah, was a godly king. His story is found near the end of both 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles in the Old Testament, or the Hebrew Scriptures. Before and after him were kings who did evil in the sight of the LORD. While it pleases me to read of a godly king rising up amongst many who were evil, I must wonder: Why? How?
Could it be due to Josiah’s youth when he was made king (8 years old) having the ability then to have the faith of a child such as Jesus spoke as recorded in the gospels? Perhaps by taking the throne at such a young age he was forced to realize that he needed to rely on another’s wisdom and therefore more easily relied on the wisdom of the ways of his father, David, and the wisdom of the God of David.
Certainly God preserves a remnant of His people. Was this merely a time of purifiying and calling Judah back to God before the dispersion of so many to Babylon? Was this a way of calling together a remnant who would preserve God’s law and make way for Daniel, Mordecai and Esther, Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah?
Whatever the reason, certainly God has purpose in His plans. Does this story relate to America? Though the darkness seems to be growing all around, it seems that God is raising up a remnant among his churches who seek to glorify His name with their lives and with all their very much. Will God send us a Josiah who will help us turn back to Him, put away the Asherah poles and the high places in our hearts? Do we simply need to listen to the “Josiah’s” that are present today?
Blow a trumpet in Zion! Let us rend our hearts and not our garments. With fasting, weeping, and mourning let us return! Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him?