Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”
Our Bible verse for today: “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. He did what was right in the Lord’s sight and walked in the ways of his ancestor David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Chronicles 34:1-2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Faith is the most important virtue”
Josiah inherited a mess. His grandfather Manasseh was probably the worst king the Jews ever had. Manasseh reigned for fifty-five years and he was evil to the core. He was followed to the throne by his son Amon (Josiah’s father) who was also evil through and through. Amon only reigned two years before he died but still, the nation had endured fifty-seven years of continuous evil leadership, and it showed.
But the boy-king Josiah (he was eight years old) developed a heart that sought after God. By the time he was only sixteen he began leading the nation to cleanse itself of six decades of apostasy and to return to the One True God.
It wasn’t easy and it required many years of difficult work on Josiah’s part. It also required a lot of faith. But faith was Josiah’s strong suit. His heart was fully devoted to the Lord and he was willing to lean into the challenge, persevere, and push through. He was a godly man and his strong faith shaped everything about him. Faith as a virtue is a powerful thing. God promises He will honor and bless faith and obedience. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “Now without faith it is impossible to please God.”
One way to develop strong faith is to remember God’s promises. In his little devotional book “Bedtime Blessings” Pastor Chuck Swindoll once wrote, “A number of years ago, somebody counted the promises in the Bible and totaled up 7,474. I can’t verify that number, but I do know that within the pages of the Bible there are thousands of promises that grab the reader and say, ‘Believe me! Accept me! Hold on to me!’ And of all the promises in the Bible, the ones that often mean the most are the promises that offer hope at the end of affliction. Those promises that tell us, ‘It’s worth it. Walk with Me. Trust Me. Wait with Me. I will reward you.”
Would you like a little faith-building exercise that will help to strengthen your faith? At Oak Hill Baptist Church we give away free copies of a little book called “The Bible Promise Book: One thousand promises from God’s Word.” Take that book, start at page one, and prayerfully begin reading. And as you do, put a check mark next to the ones God has already fulfilled in your life.
Oh, and bring your lunch. You’ll be at it a while. You’ll be amazed at how many promises there are. And you’ll be even more amazed by how many of them have already been fulfilled in your life.
Faith is the most important virtue. With strong faith there is no limit to what God can do in and through your life. God’s promises help to strengthen our faith.