Grandpa Manasseh, after his repentance, had a great influence on his grandson Josiah. For six years he poured his influence into the heart of his little grandson. It set Josiah free from his father’s evil influence.
Josiah was eight years old when he became king. He walked in the ways of the Lord. When he was 16 he began to seek the Lord, and when he was 20 he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of all the high places, the images, and the Baal altars.
When he was 26 the Book of the Law was found. When they read it to him, he tore his clothes. The great wrath of the Lord was coming upon the land because their fathers had not kept the word of the Lord.
He sent his servants to a prophetess named Huldah. In 2 Chronicles 34:27 she said, “Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God…” Who taught him how to humble his heart before the Lord? That is not a natural response. I believe, from what we read, that it was his grandfather’s influence. Wow!
Josiah gathered all the elders. Then he stood in his place. He made a covenant with the Lord. Verse 31 says, “…to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book.”
Humility. God takes great pleasure in a heart of humility. Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart–these, O God, You will not despise.”
We can humble our hearts, or God will use circumstances to humble it. Wisdom is to do it and not wait to have it done. Those who fall on the Stone will be broken, but those whom the Stone falls on will be crushed. Matthew 21:44.
Let us take James 4:10 to heart. It says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Heart-humility is a powerful testimony that will be a godly influence on others, as well as bring glory to the Lord.