2 Kings 23:21-25 (CEB)
21The king commanded all the people, “Celebrate a Passover to the Lord your God following what is instructed in this scroll containing the covenant.” 22A Passover like this hadn’t been celebrated since the days when the judges judged Israel; neither had it been celebrated during all the days of the Israelite and Judean kings. 23But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s rule, this Passover was celebrated to the Lord in Jerusalem.
24Josiah burned those who consulted dead spirits and the mediums, the household gods and the worthless idols-all the monstrous things that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. In this way Josiah fulfilled the words of the Instruction written in the scroll that the priest Hilkiah found in the Lord’s temple. 25There’s never been a king like Josiah, whether before or after him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, all his being, and all his strength, in agreement with everything in the Instruction from Moses.
Josiah was the king of Judah, starting in 640 B.C., when he was six years old. His father, Amon, and grandfather, Manasseh, were both evil kings who encouraged the worship of idols throughout the land and allowed God’s temple to be desecrated and fall into ruin.
When Josiah got older and could begin making his own decisions, he started to passionately seek out God. Despite being surrounded by ungodliness, he made major changes in his own life. He got rid of all the idols, began restoring the temple, and made sure God’s law was taught throughout the kingdom. He is lifted up in the Bible as being one of God’s most faithful servants. He heard God’s word and responded obediently.
We, too, are surrounded by ungodliness. We are constantly urged by our friends, our leaders, celebrities, and the media to stray from God’s will. And our overcrowded schedules often leave us little time to spend with God, praying and growing in our faith.
What are the things in your life that are keeping you from being as close to God as you can be?
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