Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign in Jerusalem. The Bible says he did right before the Lord. He destroyed the places of false worship. (1 Kings 23) He tore down the houses of the sodomites. In 2 Kings 23:24, the Bible says he put away wizardry, idolatry, and all other abominations. He re-instated observance of the passover. Because of his righteous actions, God told Josiah that he would hold off his judgement until after Josiah's death.
We need a modern day Josiah to do some spiritual clean-up. I attended a women's conference recently, and the speaker talked about the possibility of having the president of the United States giving his state of the union address and making the statement, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." She stated that we should not consider that an impossibility, but believe God, and we should pray to that end. God could give us that godly leader through the election process, or even better, he could save a leader who's already in office. We are commanded to pray for the leaders of our government. (1 Tim. 2:1-2)
Not only do we need godly leadership in our government, we need to clean up our own personal lives. We need to get rid of the things that bring the wrath of the Lord on us, and we need to add the things that please Him. I wonder how many books and movies we have in our homes that promote things that back in Josiah's day God called an abomination. An abomination is something that doesn't change, it is something that God hates and will always hate. That which God hates brings judgement. I challenge you to search the word abomination in the Bible. Some of the things you will find are: necomancy (communicating with the dead), witchcraft, same sex relations, cross-dressing, psychic reading, beastiality. Some passages use the word abomination, while others say that those who do those things shall be put to death. Do any of these things remind you of some of our so-called entertainment? God, help us to have discernment when it comes to these things.
We may not be able to force morality as Josiah did, but we can pray and God can touch hearts and change lives. Will you join me in praying for revival and awakening in our world?