‘He did what was right…’ 2 Kings 22:2
Josiah’s grandfather, Manasseh, was a violent king who ‘…shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end …’ (2 Kings 21:16 NIV). His father, King Amon, died at the hands of his own officers. ‘He did what God said was wrong,’ reads his epitaph. Josiah was only eight when he ascended the throne. Immediately he chose righteousness, and didn’t stop doing what was right all his life (2 Kings 22:2). What’s the point? We can’t pick our parents, but we can pick our role-models. When Josiah was rebuilding the temple he discovered a scroll containing God’s law. As he read it he wept, realising his people had drifted far from God. So he sent word to a prophetess and asked, ‘What will become of our people?’ She told Josiah that since he had repented when he heard God’s Word, his nation would be spared (2 Chronicles 34:14-27). Wow! An entire generation received grace because of the integrity of one man. So, you can rise above your past and make a difference. Your parents may have given you your DNA, but God can give you a new birth and a new beginning. ‘Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children’ (Ephesians 5:1 NIV). Just like Josiah, you cannot control the way your forefathers responded to God, but you can control the way you respond to Him. Your past does not have to be your prison; you have a say in your life, you have a voice in your destiny, you have a choice in the path you take. Choose well and some day – generations from now – others will thank God for the legacy you left.
My legacy…that there is a work in progress…I have every intention to keep it real and stand for what is right, regardless.
Looked at the papers today and the possible reactions on my part were many… It helps that I recognise it a time to hold my tongue, lest I say somethings I won’t be able to take back.
I apologise for passing up BHH in favour of Unplugged, I hope you had fun, we’ll speak/blog soon.
Enjoy your weekend, be good,
till next time,
easy does it 🙂