Perseverance In The Faith Produces A Victorious Life

Daily God Walk for Monday, November 9, 2009

 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. … He did what was right I the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.      – 1Kings 22:1-2

 Josiah’s grandfather, Manasseh was one of the most violent and profane kings of Judah. His father, Amon was just as wicked and continued to lead the Jews into idolatry. Ascending to the throne at eight years of age, Josiah should have followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather – but he didn’t.

How could an eight year old boy keep from being influenced by the sins of his father? The only answer can be that he was under the influence of another person. There was a strong person in his life that would transfer to him values and a belief system that convey the teachings of justice and righteousness.

Who was that person in Josiah’s life? It could have been his mother, after all, a mother has great influence in the life of an eight year old. His mothers’ name was Jedidah. Her name means, “Friend of God.” It is very likely that this woman was truly a friend of God and raised Josiah to know her friend.

Josiah broke the cycle of violence and unrighteousness established by the kings before him. When he was just 16, 2 Chronicles 34 records, “He began to seek the God of his father David.” When he was 20 he began the spiritual restoration of Jerusalem by destroying the idols and places where they were worshipped. Throughout his 31 year reign he led the nation back to God.

This young man had learned to walk with God. “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” He did what was right and he was not distracted from his purpose. He persevered to change the face of his nation.

There are two stories to be told in the life of Josiah. The first is the story of a mother who was committed to training her son to be a friend of God. The second is that of Josiah himself and his righteous acts. Both stories are born from the same principle: Perseverance in the faith produces a victorious life.

 Principle: Perseverance in the faith produces a victorious life.

 Affirmation: I stand strong in the faith and persevere against evil.

 Prayer: Lord, It isn’t always easy to stand against the evil of the day, but grant me the grace to persevere in preserving your ways. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 24 – Nehemiah 3-4 – 1 John 1 – Proverbs 9

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