|“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David” (2 Chronicles 34:1-3a).
Young Josiah led one of the greatest revivals in the history of Israel.
But he was a very unlikely candidate because he lived during a time of great spiritual darkness and for over half a century false religion had reigned in Judah.
Both his father and grandfather were evil, wicked men. He saw firsthand the results of living a wicked life.
When Josiah was 16 he began to seek the Lord and he established his own personal walk with God. Think about it, the greatest revival in Israel’s history was led by a sixteen year old! Wow!
But you know what? Throughout history, it’s been the prayers of young people that have brought revival—time and time again. When you study the great revivals in church history you’d be surprised to see how many of them began with people in their late teens and early twenties. God used them to start the church on fire.
Josiah faced some big obstacles, but His passion for God and his dedication to Him resulted in an amazing revival of an entire nation. It had been over 100 years since the Lord had last revived His people.
God had founded the country, but now it was corrupted. Religion and faith in God had been neglected to the point that the temple was dilapidated and had been closed for 75 years.
The priests were scattered and many were corrupted by idolatry even they no longer knew the sacred Scriptures.
But Josiah is a wonderful example of what happens when revival begins in one person’s heart. In spiritually dry conditions, one heart on fire is all it takes to ignite revival.
Israel’s greatest revival started in the heart of a sixteen-year-old young man who dedicated his life to the Lord. How encouraging it is to know the Lord doesn’t look at the age of your heart; He looks at how willing your heart is.
You may be a young man or woman following the Lord. Know for certain that the Lord can use you and your generation to change the world!