DAY 12 – 2C3426SBy: Darrelyn L. TuttToday’s Meditation: 2 Chronicles 34:26-28,31
“And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;‘Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest His words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbled thyself before Me, and did rend thy clothes, and weep before Me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord.’Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.”… And the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep His commandments, and His testimonies, and His statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book.”2 Chronicles 34:26-28 & 31-----Ladder Rung: 2C3426SC and S are the first and last letters of Chronicles.Selection of words to aid in memory:Covenant Seeker.Josiah was a Covenant Seeker and a God pleaser.He was honored, loved, and well-favored by God.34:26 is our reference.At 3:00 PM we’ll rehearse our passage x4.We’ll share something of our meditation with 2 individuals.At 6:00 PM we’ll rehearse the passage before heading into the evening.*Consider sharing the passage at mealtime and digesting it with others.------Josiah’s life is marked by spiritual sensitivity and tenderness, posing a stark contrast, early on, to his evil father Amon. At only eight years old he was appointed Judah’s King and eight years into his reign he seeks God in an intentional and highly activated way.“For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images …”2 Chronicles 34:3-----Governed by God’s word and graced with God’s presence, Josiah activates his faith through the removal of evil and idolatry that his father had ushered in:He purges the evil in his midst,“Tips over the tables of the money changers,”Breaks down the altars and the groves,Beats the graven images into powder,Totally dismantles and destroys the idols of pagan worship in their midst.Josiah is heaven-bent on regaining the spiritual ground that his evil father had lost.Strategic and wise, he consults God and His word, and utilizes them as his blueprint for restructuring and restoring a nation.He implements and integrates God’s word back into ungodly people and familiarizes them, once again, with the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and King David.Josiah had a tender heart for God and an uncompromising heart toward evil;What a beautiful combination and force to be reckoned with.God was well pleased.-----When a heart beats with God and moves in sync with God;Evil cannot be stomached or sanctioned.It must be done away with.Praise be to God for individuals who are led into a state of repentance.Repeatedly and throughout history, we see that great revivals generally begin with one individual’s refusal to accept “sin as the norm” and get to the heart of it.Tenderness of heart and the courage to deal with sin resonate with repentance, redemption, and revival.These were steady themes in Josiah's life.May they become steady themes in our own.-----Merciful Father,Thy tenderness toward me has manifest itself repeatedly throughout my lifetime. Let all that is not in keeping with Thy word bring convulsion to my spirit that it might be dealt with. Let me be sickened by all that hinders a forward progress of faith and that halts a holy movement in Thy body. Let me rejoice for Thy faithful and unchanging word, and work to secure and succor it in Thy people. Thou hast stooped down, in Thy great providence, to make me of something useful. For heart so tender and truthful let desire intensify.For sin that must be reckoned and dealt with … let it be done quickly.Let me keep with Thee and Thou keep with me in a steadfast way this day.Make me tender.Amen.
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