“Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their fathers.” (2 Chronicles 34:33)
There was no stopping King Josiah once he heard the Word of God that was uncovered in the ruined Temple. His heart was moved to repentance and obedience for himself and his people.
He does a complete cleansing of the nation, removing and destroying its idols. Description after description show how serious Josiah was. He would stop at nothing to rid his earthly kingdom of idolatry. He brought his people back to focus on their One and only God. He is a hero of the faith that stands out clearly.
We don’t have idols like they did in Israel but we do have our own idolatry. There are those things that we trust besides our God. It might be a thing or a person or a position. Have we rid ourselves of those things that compete for our attention? Have we rid ourselves of those things that displease our God? They are there.
Ask that they might be revealed, like the Word revealed to Josiah, what needed to go. Only our God can reveal to us what we idolize. Let us be rid of them.
Heavenly Father, we know there are things in our life that compete with our faithfulness to You. There are constant temptations that vie for our attention. And we do succumb to many. Lord, let it not be so.
Enlighten us through Your Word to be obedient to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and a guest devotional writer.