That Pagan Didn’t Hear From God

Think again!

The other day I was reading during my Bible and prayer time about the life of Josiah. His life was great – with an unfortunate end. It’s actually pretty sad to read.

You see, Josiah became king at only eight years old, but he had a desire to change the pagan nation of Judah back to God which he did so successfully. He restored the temple. During the temple restoration they found Moses’ laws which caused Josiah to repent of his sins. On the surface during his years as king he did lead in a way to honor God and he wanted the people he was leading to worship the one true God.

Listen to the All Wisdom

Unfortunately, his life would end abruptly. The Egyptian Pharaoh Neco was traveling north trying to reach the fragments of the Assyrian forces in time to help them stop the Babylonian advances. (Reference; They Spoke from God; A survey of the Old Testament.) Pharaoh Neco warned Josiah not to go into battle with him as he was not there to fight him. Furthermore, Pharaoh Neco told Josiah he had heard from God on this matter.

2 Chronicles 35: 21 “But Neco sent messengers to him, saying, “What quarrel is there, king of Judah, between you and me? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”

Josiah did not heed his warning. It is unclear in Scripture if Josiah sought the Lord’s guidance. It appears Josiah decided to make a rash military decision and he attempted to go into battle with Pharaoh Neco. Because of this Josiah was mortally wounded.

2 Chronicles 22-23 Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Neco had said at God’s command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo.

Archers shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.”  So they took him out of his chariot, put him in his other chariot and brought him to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried in the tombs of his ancestors, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.

Just like that.

This king who had worked hard to turn Judah away from their pagan practices was dead.

Are you too Proud?

Reading Josiah’s life made me think how often we can become too proud of the way God is using us. We think we have an earthly eternal right to a life we desire or think – since we are serving God. At times, like Josiah, we will make the mistake of not trusting that God can speak to everyone for His greater purpose, even the king of Egypt. And unfortunately, we might pay for our proud, I am serving God – you’re a pagan and didn’t hear from God– with our lives.

There are way too many situations in my own life where I have thought highly of myself and thought since I wake up every day to pray and seek God, He will use me in a great way. (He might). And then there are times I have thought I am sure my future is secure because of all the great things God will do in my life. And then I have thought there is no way God is speaking through some person who doesn’t even know God. Isn’t it amazing how we forget that God loves all people. God is for all people. And even those who aren’t truly serving Him with all their heart He can and still use them? Have we ever thought that maybe God is in fact using those people whom we see as pagans for His purpose to change their hearts toward Him? Or maybe even change your heart – you – who’s so proud of your service to God. For Josiah all the good he did to serve God, and lead the people, he make a mistake by not seeking God at the right time. Do you pray and read your Bible every day, hear from God powerfully through your prayer time – yet go about your day not seeking Him any further? Do you then wonder why you have so many issues all day?

It’s probably just spiritual attacks right because you’re serving God so well, right?

Or maybe it’s you not seeking God for everything.

Turn Back to Him…I mean YOU

I want your service to God and leadership to end well friend. Has someone whom you see as a pagan been speaking to you, but you’ve ignored that person? My friend, seek God right now. That person could be an answer to your prayers. That person could be hearing from God and their life might be changed around today for His glory.

For all you know God could be trying to use both of you together for something bigger than yourselves. Read the story of Rahab for another example of how God can and will use people who are not YET serving Him.

It’s so NOT about us – but Him.

Don’t be too proud of your service to God. He knows all. He sees all. Be a leader for Him who will seek Him always because, like Josiah didn’t know – or maybe he forgot – but God knows best.

~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS

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