Today you should read: 2 Kings 23
We see a very unusual outcome to total devotion to God in today’s reading. Josiah takes the nation of Judah and completely cleans house. He destroys every bit of idolatry and any worship of false gods in the land. He even gets rid of the “high places” which we have seen many kings in this book skip over. He did everything he could do to bring the people back to where they needed to be. Josiah did exactly what God’s word required of him. So it makes it confusing as to why we see what we see in verses 26-27. God decides not to turn away from His anger. Why would He do that? Why would God allow disaster to come to Josiah and the people even though they followed through with their commitments? I wish I could give you an answer. The truth is found in the book of Job.
Job found himself in a similar situation. He was righteous and holy. He lived his life completely for God but God still allowed Job to suffer greatly. Why would God to that? Job asks and God answers. Job asks why and God answers his question with a slew of questions. The general gist of it all this is:
God is in charge and we are not. God is highest and we are not. God knows best and we do not.
We tend to believe that the best thing that could happen is what would benefit us and make us he happiest and most successful in the moment. We may not say we believe that but when something happens that is contrary to that belief we tend to moan, complain or ramp up our prayer life. God sees the whole field and He knows that sometimes the best thing that could happen may have nothing to do with your happiness or success at all. It may in fact have everything to do with the opposite.
Look at the life of a guy like Jim Elliot who went to serve the Lord willingly to the Huaorani people of Ecuador. He loved God, answered the call to go to the mission field only to be killed about four years later by the very people he was reaching out to. This was not an occurrence to benefit Jim Elliot’s life or bring him happiness. This was, as the story goes, an occurrence to further God’s kingdom. From that occurrence came a multitude of believers from that tribe. God is about His glory and His kingdom. God absolutely has a great plan for you and I and absolutely gives us life as a gift to enjoy but, as He tells us,
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9
Posted by: Robbie Byrd