The world has seen wiser kings, wealthier kings, and more powerful kings. But history has never seen a more courageous king than young King Josiah. He inherited a fragile throne and a tarnished crown. The temple was in disarray, the law was lost, and the people worshiped idols. But by the end of Josiah’s thirty-one-year reign, the temple had been rebuilt, the idols destroyed, and the law of God was once again elevated to a place of prominence and power.
Josiah was eight years old when he ascended the throne, and he flipped through his family scrapbook until he found an ancestor worthy of emulation. “He lived as his ancestor David had lived, and he did not stop doing what was right” (2 Kings 22:2 NCV).
The principle? We can’t choose our parents, but we can choose our mentors.