April 13, 2017
God Sees Your Heart
Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did--with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses. 2 Kings 23:25
It's been said that youth is wasted on the young. But that statement does not hold true for King Josiah. He was only eight-years-old when he became king! During his thirty-one year reign, the Book of the Law was rediscovered, and the covenant to follow God was renewed.
Josiah did the hard work of weeding out many pagan practices. But notice in today's passage that a leader's success starts on the inside. Josiah followed God with all his heart (his thinking, desire, will), with all his soul (his whole being), and with all his strength (his actions). The king submitted himself to God's commands and instructions.
Long before people see your actions, God sees your heart. Here's the question: does God like what He sees?
Father, help me to turn to You like Josiah and follow You with all my heart, soul, and strength. In Jesus' name. Amen.