II Chronicles 35:20-24 (AMP)
20After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Neco king of Egypt went out to fight against Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out against him. 21But [Neco] sent ambassadors to [Josiah], saying, What have I to do with you, you king of Judah? I come not against you this day, but against the house with which I am at war; and God has commanded me to make haste. Refrain from opposing God, Who is with me, lest He destroy you. 22Yet Josiah would not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to fight with him. He did not heed the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but came to fight with him in the valley of Megiddo. 23And the archers shot King Josiah, and the king said to his servants, Take me away, for I am severely wounded. 24So his servants took him out of the chariot and put him in his second chariot and brought him to Jerusalem. And he died and was buried in the tombs of his fathers. All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.
AFTER ALL THIS…
Why didn’t Josiah take the time to confirm with the Lord what King Neco had commanded was truly from God?
WHY WHY WHY… Why don’t we heed to the warnings that the Lord sets before us? Do we think it’s not Him speaking to us? Do we doubt the greatest thing that the Lord has given us in communicating with Him?
Josiah knew God’s voice as many of us know it. But why now did he choose not to listen?
I think the hardest things to come to the Lord are those things that are closest to us. We can pray for others like Josiah did for his nation, but why can’t we pray for our spouses, children, and ourselves? We tend to want to fix these things our own way. It’s harder to rely on the Lord for the closest things in our lives, when these are the things that we should be coming first and foremost to God.
SHAME… Shame of what? When God knows EVERYTHING! This is the enemy coming against you thinking you can’t go to the Lord with the most intimate, deeply hurt feelings in your life.
This was a critical point in history and for the nation of Judah.
Egypt was coming against Assyria and Judah was basically caught in the middle. So, Josiah thought. If we think about this situation, we can see that these two countries were Judah’s enemies. But who was the less of the two evils; Assyria or Egypt?
Josiah decides to go against Egypt and collaborates with the Assyrians. He soon finds himself hurt in battle and later dies from the wounds.
The Lord didn’t ask Josiah to get involved and was actually forewarned by his enemy to keep out of the battle. The prophesy was already pre-determined and it was going to take its course. But for some reason, Josiah thought otherwise and meddled in it.
Sometimes, things can be foggy for us as we walk in God’s Will. We determine that this must be the way God wants us to go without asking Him. We proceed to do what we think is right without confirming. We try to reason the ideal situation… “Oh this must be where we’re headed!” When we continue in that path, we hit a stumbling block and wonder what’s going on. We’re confused and not sure what God is doing. This is when we ask Him and He conveys, “Child, this is not what I have planned for you!”
We take a few or many steps back to get on the right path. Then we start to gear up again. Thank God for his patience in dealing with us.
We have to stay focused that it’s not about what’s going on in our life but what’s going on in the big picture. We were born for greatness but that greatness will not come if we don’t allow God to lead us in everything. That means even the most deep intimate shame we have. Let it all out to God and watch the transformation He can do within you and others!