Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 22
Key Verse: 2 Kings 22:11
Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the book of the law, that he tore his clothes.
Like his great grandfather, King Hezekiah, 18-year-old Josiah, tears his clothes in extreme grief because his father, Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh, had utterly failed to serve the God of the Book and Judah had reverted to practicing false religion for 57 years. How could this be? Had not Isaiah preached to four generations of Kings from Uzziah to Hezekiah? And yet Hezekiah’s son and grandson led the people away from the true and living God. Does this not prove that we could be only one or two generations away from the demise of the Church? If we fail to reach the next generation for Christ, a terrible turning away from God happens. Do we do our part with a passion in teaching Sunday School, in mentoring young people, in strong intercessory prayer for the next generation? Do our church services include strong Bible teaching that is contained in the hymns and songs as well as the sermons? Do we succeed in communicating thoroughly the things of God? We should read again how this is to be done for the eternal good of the next generation. (see Deuteronomy 6:1-25).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, keep me within the sound of Your Word. I need to hear Your thoughts every day without fail. I pray also that I will be enthusiastic in communicating Your Word to others, particularly to the next generation after me. Please give me wisdom in how I am to do this. I’m here Lord, please use me for Your great cause. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I visited recently with my great-grandson, Myles Neilson, and shared a story of God’s wonderful love to him. How thankful I am that, unlike Josiah’s father and grandfather, his parents, Sheryl and Todd Neilson, and his grandparents, the Staceys, love and serve the Lord. We are closing in on Year One of our two-year trek through the entire Bible, moving back and forth between the Testaments. I’m praying fervently every day that the experience will be alive, life giving, and life changing for you. May the Word of God always be a mirror in which we see ourselves as we really are; a Sword to cut away those things that weigh us down in our service to God; and a Light to guide us, keeping us faithful in the way of Truth.
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