Josiah: The 8 Year Old King

Last night’s VBS lesson was on Josiah. He became king when he was just 8 years old because his father was assassinated.

At the age of 16, Joshia started to seek the Lord. At the age of 20, he began to get rid of all the idols that his father and grandfather had allowed people to worship. At the age of 26, he began to repair the temple.

The story of Josiah is one of my favorites. I love how God used a teenager to make a difference in the lives of so many. Josiah obeyed God all the time. No matter what others said or did, he followed God’s laws. He patterned the laws for his people after the laws of God. And he did all of this before he was even 30.

The point of the story was that God can use anyone. It doesn’t matter how old you are. If you obey Him, He will use you.

We’re learning a song this week during music time that I just love. The chorus says:
“I’ve made up my mind, no matter what others say,
I will follow Christ and walk in His ways.
Though the battle gets hard and the road gets steep, that’s okay.
I’ve set my heart on becoming like Christ.
Dying with Him, and Raise to new life.
All the things of this world I’m leaving behind,
‘Cause I’ve made up my mind.”

What an awesome message.

How many of us want to be used? I mean really used of God for mighty things. Are we willing to follow God’s laws in every aspect of our lives? Or are we too worried about what others might say or think? What about what God thinks? Shouldn’t that be our top priority?

I’ve always worried about what people thought of me. I spent my life striving to live up to everyone else’s expectations. When I finally gave my life to Christ, and started living up to His expectations instead, I could feel His power.

While I’m not perfect, and won’t be until I receive my new body from my Savior, I want to be more like Him. No matter what others say.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Danielle says:

    Nice post, Angie. I think most of the bible figures were younger than 30 when they did the things they were noted for.
    Please keep in mind, though, that allowing God to use you for a specific purpouse sometimes involves people who appear stronger in their faith than you who tell you “It’s not really God.”

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    Clover and Violet says:

    I clicked on your post because I saw the “Josiah” and being married to one, I had to read it. Anyway, I really like your post, isn’t it interesting how we often cannot imagine the ways we’ll be used, yet they’re miraculous regardless? Thanks for sharing, and enjoy VBS!


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