Respond To God's Word
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Anika the son of Shapan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shapan the secretary, and Asaiah the kings servant, saying, "Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”—2 Kings 22:11-13
Josiah began ruling when he was only a mere eight years old. Yet he was known for the way he followed God, just as David his father had done. But his real legacy is discovered in the way that he responded to God’s Word. He felt and acted on his convictions, driving great reform throughout the land of Israel, illustrating that one man’s response to God’s Word can have a far-reaching impact.
The Bible, in the form we have it today, was not a household book during the reign of Josiah, but it is no less potent today and much more accessible. The difference is still found in the hearts of men. When a man acts on godly conviction, others notice and are affected. A leaders interaction with the Word of God is critical to successful leadership. Be the kind of man who demonstrates inner conviction in an outer way. Don’t force leadership, let it happen as God leads you with His Word.
DO THIS: Respond to what the Bible says.
PRAYER: God, convict me today with your word and give me the courage to act quickly on it.