A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
was one of the worst, Amon
one of the least important, and Josiah
one of the best kings of Judah. Manasseh led the people back
to the worship of idols. Amon did the same with an obnoxiously arrogant spirit (and was assassinated as a result), and Josiah attempts to reform
his people so that may follow all that God has written in the Book of the Law (which contains the first 5 books of the Old Testament).
Even though a good king, Josiah is still killed in battle
and his son Jehoahaz was dethroned by the king of Egypt during a subsequent war. The last three kings of Judah,
Jehoiakim, Jehoichin and Zedekiah are all described as have done evil in the eyes of the LORD.
As a result, God's judgment is finally felt as the Babylonians attack, capture and destroy Jerusalem and carry the leading citizens of the nation into exile.
It is noteworthy that even the king of Babylon
is presented in a spirit of recognizing who God is and his own part in carrying out God's plan.
“The Christian faith is always just one generation away from extinction.”
It must be admitted that the statement is true (as long as we remember that God has promised that even the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church) and therefore there will always be new people experiencing His grace and adopting the faith.
In a similar sense, nothing we do will last forever
. Our reforms, projects and efforts are not designed to define the world 100 years from now, but the help transform the world in which we live right now. We must always do the right things, not because they can affect future generations, but because they will put us in the proper relationship with God and encourage others who see and know us to respond to Him as well.
It is only a couple of generations
between Josiah's blessings from God and His subsequent judgment on His people. Times change; opportunities are lost; it therefore behooves us to do all we can whenever we can do it to bring honor to God. One of the ways in which the kings seem to have uniformly failed was in helping their own children understand the importance of walking with God and motivating them to actually do so.
Are we helping our children understand God?
Are we intentionally, purposefully working to help them walk with Him in disciplined faith?
Today ask yourself if there is not something you can do
to convey the love of God and His grace to others. Could it be said of you: he/she walked with God, never turning to the left or to the right?
Make up your mind that today you will work on that and see if God does not help you.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011