King Josiah coming to the throne in Judah was like a breath of fresh air after two evil and wicked kings who had led the people down the road of destruction. 2 Kings 21:24 tells us that he was made king by the people of the land after they had Ammon, his father’s assassin killed and removed. He was only eight years old when he ascended the throne and ruled in Jerusalem for 31 years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Bozketh. And we are told in 2 Kings 22:2 that “He did right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left”.
It is not difficult to imagine that many of the people Josiah was called to lead were way beyond his age. He was just an eight-year-old kid when he was given the assignment to rule Judah. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the expectation demanded of him was too enormous for that age. We are not told what he did in the early days of his reign, but in 2 Chronicles 34:3, we are told that when he was young about 16 years old, he began to seek the God of his father David. This is exactly what the verse says. “For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David”. In other words, Josiah was seriously seeking God just eight years into his reign, when he was still a youth.
This tells us that age is not an issue when seeking to serve God. We can never be too young for God to use. Remember, David was a youth when God used him to kill Goliath. The more critical issue is, do you have a heart for God? No youth should entertain doubts that God wants to use you to do great exploits if your heart is tender toward Him. He can use anyone in their growing years. What He is looking for is a heart that is entirely for Him.
We should never despise a young person seeking to serve the Lord in any leadership capacity. Here are two pieces of advice for young people. The first is from Ecclesiastes 12:1, which says, “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, ‘I have no delight in them’”. The second is from the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 4:12. He said, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe”. Let us encourage our sons and daughters to factor God into their lives when they are young. It’s never too early to start them right on the spiritual journey. There is no telling of what great exploits God can use them for.
Monday – Ecclesiastes 11:9
Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things.
Tuesday – Ecclesiastes 12:1
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;
Wednesday – Luke 2:40 & 52
The Child (Jesus) continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and me.
Thursday – 1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
Friday – Psalm 119:9
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
Saturday – 1 Peter 5:5
You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Sunday– 1 Samuel 2:18
Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.