By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"And the king (Josiah) stood by a pillar, 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 their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.... Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jereboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down, and burnt the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove."2 Kings 23:3&15-----Today's Read: 2 Kings 22-23Tenderhearted. Strong. Courageous.King Josiah was all of these things ... and more. Crowned at the age of eight and succeeding grandfather Manasseh and father Amon, the threads of Josiah's ancestry were woven with idolatry, wickedness, and every vile form of evil one can conceive of.Yet in the midst of all that vileness, God created a heart of tenderness, and he did something special through the heart of the man who was responsive to Him,"Thus saith the Lord God of Israel as touching the words which thou hast heard, 'Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and has rent thy clothes and wept before Me; I also have heard thee,' saith the Lord.Behold I will gather thee unto thy fathers and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again."2 Kings 22:20-----Josiah was bent on ridding and removing, from his midst, the vile forms of evil intended to corrupt. Courageously, vehemently, and openly "crushing the head of Satan" in all of his idolatrous forms he stamped out, burnt out, and hauled out every form of evil before him.Without any consideration to man's word,Without any regard to tainted ancestrial blood line,Josiah implored God's word ... and steadily held his course.He repented of evil,He responded to evil,He openly and boldly did away with evil,And God afforded him a special and extraordinary grace ... away from the evil.-----Mmmm ...Repentance and responsiveness procure blessings all their own; And the man who openly and boldly does away with evil is no fool.Insist on dealing with all of the sinful realities in your life and make God's word your standard.Burn the "altars" that are evil ... and be done with them.Rid yourself of every corruption and remove yourself from any company that hinders your progress with God and prevents you from a life of holiness. Every attempt you make to stamp out evil and do away with evil will garner you a sacred peace and position with God that not a man in the world has the power to steal from you.Praise be to God for each "Josiah" who is reading this and adamantly removing evil from their life.May a bestowing of tangible blessing be placed on you this day.And God be praised for every tender heart.------Three Study Suggestions:1) Record three insights from today's reading and observe the behavior that erupted from Josiah's life as a result of hearing God's word.2) Deal wisely in your stance toward evil and shoulder with those who are exposing it and boldly acknowledging it.3) Keep the altar of your soul clean ...And note the blessing that God lays upon it.
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