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2 Kings 23:3
The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord – to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes, and decrees with all of his heart and all of his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.
The king in this story is Josiah, who began to reign in Judah at the age of eight. There came a point in his leadership when the sacred Jewish covenant, which is part of the Old Testament, was found in a back room of the temple after he had begun his reign. While reading it, he found his name prophesied years before written in the book. It was life-changing for Josiah when he realized that God had been thinking of him long before he was born. Immediately he decided to not only be a good king but a man of God as well. Once he made the decrees to follow the Lord in the passage above, the people followed him without question. This proves then, and it proves now that “People Want A Leader.”
Josiah was a sovereign King of Judah. Yet, even sovereigns have those who oppose them. For years that was not the case with Josiah. He put God first until the end of his life and restored the righteous practices of real faith in his nation. That impressed the people of Judah, and they followed him gladly. I’ve learned in my life that people are looking for men and women to lead them who are loving and courageous. When they find leadership like that, they tend to follow them. That’s the kind of leader Josiah was. That’s the kind of leader I want to be.
Help me this AM be a true, loving, and courageous shepherd of your people here in my little piece of your world. I know that people need the Lord, but in every context, “People Want A Leader.” Help me, I pray. Amen