- Day 18 -
He is a Rewarder of Those Who Seek Him
In 2 Chronicles 34 it says: “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. He did right in the sight of YAHveh (the LORD), …and did not turn aside to the right or to the left. …He began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to go throughout the whole nation tearing down and utterly demolishing by grinding to powder every idol that kept his people from solely and wholeheartedly seeking and worshipping the Holy One of Israel. Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, after he had purged the entire land of all idols he sent three city officials to repair the house of YAHveh his God” (see 2 Chronicles 34:1-5,7-8).
This is what the almighty Holy God has called each of us to do. King Josiah is one of the few kings who did what was right in YAHveh’s eyes. It wasn’t from learning, for the book recorded by Moses, of YAHveh’s holy teachings had been lost after years of evil kings and idolatrous people. It was in Josiah’s heart to do right. YAHveh is drawing a remnant because of what is in their hearts.
Josiah was being lead by the Spirit of Truth to seek the God of his fathers. He was being wooed and he realized that the pagan and worldly idols were obstacles on his course. His heart was passionate; he wanted the God of his forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob more than anything. The word says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13) and “…He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
It is a heart issue. "So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer” (Deuteronomy 10:16). Love YAHveh with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength—then you will be able to keep His commandments. This is exactly the order Josiah exemplifies: loving YAHveh and having a tender sensitive circumcised heart to seek Him diligently.
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace…for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:6,13,14).