But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. 2 Chronicles 35:22 (NLT)
2 Kings 23:25 (NLT) states, Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since. Josiah was certainly a great and mighty leader in the Lord! Any one of us would like to insert our name for Josiah’s in the above verse and have it be said of us, am I right?!!
However even the best of us is fallible. 1 Corinthians 10:12 issues a warning not to those that feel as though they are about to slip into sin but rather to those who think they are standing firm! This is a reminder that we are all human and whether we think we know or think we don’t, it is always a good thing to lay our all before our great God Almighty. He does know best and can think far beyond what our finite minds can even imagine.
Josiah tripped up on false assumptions. It’s a tricky thing not to let what we assume consume us, wouldn’t you say?!! Josiah seems to have assumed God couldn’t work through a king of a pagan nation. He learns the hard way that God’s ways and thoughts are so far beyond ours and that He most certainly can work through and teach us through anything and anyone He chooses.
Are we willing? Are we humble enough to be taught by that mean boss, to learn from that uncomfortable situation or that unfortunate circumstance…? If we are breathing there is always more to learn. Hardships come to believers and unbelievers alike however what those hardships produce depends on your willingness to be teachable in God’s hand. God knows hardships can produce a strength we never knew existed on multiple levels but we must allow the Master Teacher to have His best way.
In all our moments may we choose to lay all that we might assume at the feet of Him who most assuredly knows. Don’t allow what you assume to be what consumes you.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)