“While he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father.” —2 Chronicles 34:3
Read 2 Chronicles 34:1-7
With a father like the wicked King Amon, Josiah was not raised in a God-fearing household. Despite this, we read that Josiah sought the Lord. This seeking resulted in his obedience to the call Jeremiah had received from God when Josiah was only sixteen years old. Josiah was not encouraged by his parents to seek the Lord. Maybe you have parents that do encourage you. See this as a great blessing and follow their advice; you will never regret it. When you come to know the Lord, you find life and the purpose for living, as well as true blessedness for the future.
Living in communion with God does have consequences. Consider what Josiah did: altars were broken down and false priests of the idols were slain. A life lived in God’s favour does not allow a sinful, excessive way of life. You are making the great exchange: instead of serving modern day idols, you will have the Lord Jesus as your Guide. Without Him you will always remain unsatisfied.
Do you realize what benefits a life in the favour of God brings? You will experience the Lord’s dearness. We read that God blessed Josiah. The younger you seek the Lord, the longer you will experience His blessings. Seek the Lord, therefore, while He may be found!
What change will you experience when you fear the Lord?
This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.