I wonder about Josiah. Did he just have an awesome mom? He sure didn’t pick up an interest in the LORD from his dad.
2 Chronicles 34:3 implies that in his 8th year (I think this means when he was 16, since he became king when he was 8), he “began to seek the God of his father, David.” Maybe he wanted to do some research on Kings who had been successful. There isn’t much mention as to where the motivation came from.
Then, thank the LORD, they stumble across the Law as they’re cleaning out the temple.
It’s an amazing gift how the LORD makes Himself findable by those who would seek Him. Josiah didn’t have an Elisha or Isaiah figure pushing him toward the LORD, that we know of. His interest is seemingly out of nowhere, after decades of abominable worship. It reminds me of one of my favorite passages, Acts 17:26-27.
“And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us,”
If you want to know who God is, know that He’s made Himself discoverable. If you’re following along with us, that’s a good indication that you’re already hoping to at least be a student of Him.
Let’s not stop there.
“Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; His going out is sure as the dawn; He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)