- A Youth Who Served God
Josiah was one of the "royal
performers" of the Southern Kingdom, Judah. Though he
had not much encouragement from his grandfather or father (Manasseh,
his grandfather, set up altars to Baal and did evil, 2 Kings 21:2-3),
and Amon, his father, worshipped idols and did evil (2 Kings 21:20-22),
Josiah from his earliest age of accountability "did
right in the eyes of Jehovah, and walked in the way of David his
father" (2 Kings 22:2). His was a good reign of thirty-one
years, beginning at age eight (22:1). Perhaps his mother helped
make the difference in his life. Note some great characteristics
youths of today should imitate.
Josiah determined early to "remember
his creator" (Ecclesiastes 12:1). He allowed "no
man to despise his youth" (1 Timothy 4:12). He purposed
early, as Daniel did, not to defile himself (Daniel 1:8). He would
have been an example to Daniel, for Daniel must have been born and
reared during Josiah's reign.
not aside to the right hand nor to the left"(22:2).
He was steadfast (1 Corinthians 15:58). Neither the pressures of
politics nor of friends and acquaintances nor of prestige, power
and influence turned his head from the truth. He deviated not from
the straight and narrow (Matthew 7:21-23; 2 John 9-11; Revelation
2:10). He put God first (Matthew 6:33).
Josiah sought early in life to learn
the law of God (22:8). He humbled himself before God, and he shuddered
to think of the wrath of Jehovah, "that
is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word
of Jehovah, to do according to all that is written in this book"
(2 Chronicles 34:21).
Josiah had a tender heart (22:19; 2
Chronicles 34:27). "Blessed are the poor
in spirit" (Matthew 5:3). Blessed are those who want
to know the truth and are ready to obey, like the Ethiopian nobleman
(Acts 8:26), like Saul of Tarsus (Acts 22:16), like the Philippian
jailer (Acts 16:30).
Josiah wanted all people to obey the
Lord (22:11). He sought to teach the Word to all (23:1; 2 Chronicles
34:29). The king and the people made a covenant to serve Jehovah
(2 Chronicles 34:31-33). This they did all of his days.
Think of what a youth can do.
- He can restore God's law to his life, his family,
and his associates.
- He can be a power against evil and perversion
- He can receive God's wondrous grace -- salvation,
peace of mind, and strength (23:24-25).
- He needs to realize that apostasy is but one
generation away potentially (23:26-27). He was one of Judah's
May our young people of today be a
Curis A. Cates
Dear Lord, I have been re-reading the
record of the Rich Young Ruler and his obviously wrong choice. But
it has set me thinking.
No matter how much wealth he had, he could not
ride in a car.
have any surgery,
turn on a light,
hear a pipe organ,
wash dishes in running water,
type a letter,
mow a lawn,
fly in an airplane,
sleep on an innerspring mattress,
or talk on the phone,
If he was rich, then what am I?
A memorial service for sister Viola Morinier will be held following
our morning services on Sunday, November 24th..
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: the Wheelers
The food theme for this occasion
is finger foods and appetizers.
At our party we are having a Gift
Exchange, If you wish to participate please bring a wrapped present
with a maximum cost of $5.00.
R.S.V.P. by November
Sign-up Sheet in the foyer.
If directions are needed please
let us know. Hope to see you there.
we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the
author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."