By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

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

Today's Read: 2 Chronicles 34; Psalm 119:73-80

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

One individiual can make one very big difference.
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.
With him, 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.
-Praise be to God for individuals who are more interested in their position with Christ than their position on earth.
-Praise be to God for individuals who are consulting His word and not other men.
-Praise be to God for tender-hearted courageous men.
Tenderness of heart and the courage to deal with sin resonate with God;
With such a man God is well pleased,
On such a man God bestows a special and providential favor.
Pray to be an individual of courage, humility, and tenderness.
Three Study Considerations:
1) Read today's passages and activate one truth in a tangible way.
2) Record sins in your life and pray to deal courageously with them.
3) Compose a list of Bible characters who possessed qualities that God found pleasing.
Hone in on one and allow the Spirit to speak to you through them.
Then go and be likewise.