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Josiah: A Heart Turned Toward The LORD:

Josiah’s Unparalleled Devotion

In 2 Kings 23:25, we encounter a unique declaration: “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.”

Josiah’s reign stands out for both religious and political leadership. His unwavering commitment to God’s commands is a beacon for us. His obedience and trust can convey a very pertinent message to all of us today. Listening and obeying the LORD over all else. His countenance and perseverance represents a loyal and fierce devotion for the LORD. All things that we as Christians today should be, ‘determined, loyal, steadfast, true, fully devoted and obedient to the Word.’

Hezekiah: Trusting in the Lord

Before Josiah, there was Hezekiah, another remarkable king. In 2 Kings 18:5-6, we read, “Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.” Hezekiah’s trust in God exemplifies faithfulness. And like Josiah, he was devoted and steadfast in his faith and loyalty to the LORD.

Comparing Hezekiah and Josiah:

Josiah: He turned to the Lord with all his heart, soul, and strength. His transformation was radical, leading to sweeping reforms.
Hezekiah: Hezekiah’s trust in God was unwavering. His faith sustained him during crises, such as the Assyrian invasion.

Legalistic vs. Spirit-Led Obedience:

Josiah: Josiah meticulously followed the Law of Moses, even restoring the Passover (2 Chronicles 35:18).
Hezekiah: Hezekiah’s obedience was spirit-led; he celebrated the Passover, albeit a month late, showing flexibility (2 Chronicles 30:2-3).

Singular vs. Collective Impact

Josiah: His reforms affected the entire nation, dismantling idolatry and restoring true worship.
Hezekiah: His impact was significant but not as comprehensive as Josiah’s.

Meditative Thoughts and Reflective Questions

  1. Wholehearted Devotion: How can we turn our hearts fully toward God, like Josiah?
  2. Balancing Legalism and Grace: How do we maintain obedience without becoming legalistic?
  3. Leadership Example: As leaders (in any capacity), how can we inspire others through our faithfulness?

Application Today: Government and Faith

  1. Leadership Integrity: Just as Josiah led by example, our leaders should prioritize moral integrity and seek God’s guidance. But after all is said and done, the LORD is in full control at all times.
  2. Justice and Compassion: Josiah’s reforms included social justice. Our governments must balance justice with compassion. Sadly, we hardly see evidence of that occurring.
  3. National Repentance: Josiah’s covenant renewal teaches us to seek national repentance and revival.

“Dear Heavenly Father, like Josiah, may our hearts turn wholly toward You. Grant wisdom to our leaders, that they may govern with integrity and compassion. Revive our nations and let justice flow like a river. Lord, may You help us to embrace You and recognize Josiah’s legacy as it inspires us to seek You fervently in all we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. excellent

  2. Thank you so much Keith!
    Your encouragement is appreciated.
    God Bless~

  3. Jennifer Woodley

    Great article Camille. Interesting balance between obedience and legalism that truly needs the Spirit”s wisdom.

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