So let’s get started!
I am in a small group Bible study with about 25 other women from church. We are using the book “I Saw the Lord” by Anne Graham Lotz as our study guide. Last week we were studying Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34 and here is a little of what I learned:
1. The state of our churches are suffering for lack of role models. Josiah was a role model.
2. The state of our churches are suffering because believers are addicted to activity. We think we are okay because we go to church, pray out loud, teach Sunday School, and are baptized but all the activity is simply masking the pain of our lack of intimacy with God. Josiah treasured God’s word.
3. The state of our churches are suffering because of our lack of repentance. We have misplaced priorities and focus far too much on our outward activities rather than our inward heart. Solution: Repent and retreat to silence. Josiah removed all the idols in the temple and as long as he lived and reigned as King, Israel followed the Lord.
I learned…I/we must be willing to step up and be role models to women and children who desperately need them. Rock stars, actresses and fashion models are filling that gap and it should not be so. I/we must not mistake activity we do FOR God as intimacy WITH God. We must get alone in his word to be intimate with him. And finally, I/we must repent and turn from our sins and follow God all the days of our lives.
Your turn – what is God teaching you in your quiet times this week?