Here’s the situation:
– The nation of Judah had been under evil leadership for a while.
– When Josiah was 26 his men came across a book (which ‘just so happened’ to be the book of the Law of God).
– Josiah read it and was wrecked. Here’s what happened:
“When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. Then he commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah: ‘Go and inquire of the LORD for me, the people, and all Judah about the instruction in this book that has been found. For great is the LORD’s wrath that is kindled against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this book in order to do everything written about us.'” (2 Kings 22:11-13)
Did you catch that? Read that last sentence (verse) again. Josiah was horrified by the reality that they were under the wrath of God for disobeying His law. You ask, “But wasn’t it the nation’s ancestors fault?” In a sense, yes. Generations before Josiah had ignored the word of God. But how did Josiah deal with it – by blaming his previous generations or owning up to it himself? You betcha. Though his ancestors had ignored the Law, he took ownership of the current situation, repented, and aggressively moved forward.
What about you? Are you blaming your current lifestyle on your family? Are you using the excuse that if your parents had ‘done a better job’ you wouldn’t be doing what you are doing? Josiah could have easily blamed those who had gone before him and said, “I can’t help it; that’s just the way I am. . . It’s my parents fault.” But he didn’t. He was responsible for his actions. He took ownership. He repented. He aggressively and proactively obeyed the Lord.
What do you need to quit making excuses about and repent from . . . Now? Remember, there is no time like the present.