Monday, August 3

God uses young people

Scripture: 2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 34, John 6

2 Chronicles 34:1–3  Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. 2 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. 3 During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David. Then in the twelfth year he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem, destroying all the pagan shrines, the Asherah poles, and the carved idols and cast images.

Observation

Josiah was 8 when he became king, 16 when he began to seek the Lord, and 20 when he began to purify Judah.  He did what was pleasing to the Lord “while he was still young.”

Application

God uses young people to lead and to bring change.  Of course, God can use anyone of any age.  But I was struck in this passage that God used young King Josiah to turn an entire nation back to God.  

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

Paul wrote this to young pastor Timothy, reminding him that even though he was young, he could be an influence and a positive example and a leader.

I want to be someone who sponsors, encourages, cheers and helps young people flourish and lead.  I see some older people looking down on young people and rolling their eyes.  I don’t want to be one of those people.  

I want to champion young leaders!

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder that You use the young as well as the old, and that I’m to champion them!