2 Chronicles 34:1
“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.”
Josiah took over the throne of Judah at a very young age. There is no doubt that this young boy didn’t know what to do. His father and grandfather didn’t give him an example to follow, and he had to figure out a way to lead Judah down the right path.
Several actions that Josiah took when he didn’t know what to do will show the believer what they should do when they don’t know what to do. Face it; when a person first gets saved, they won’t know how a believer should live. A young person who has grown up in church but is still in their youth won’t know what to do to please the LORD. In these times of when you don’t know what to do, Josiah’s example can give you the right actions to take. Let me share with you these actions of what you should do when you don’t know what to do.
First, follow the example of history and leadership. The first thing that Josiah did was to walk “in the ways of David his father.” God has given you a godly example in your pastor and his wife, and you would be wise to follow what they do until you know what to do from God’s Word. You may not know how to dress properly, but you can look to your pastor and his wife to see how to please the LORD in your dress. You may not know how to talk in a way that is pleasing to the LORD, but you can follow the example of your pastor and church leadership to know how to talk. You may not know how to act in church, but a spiritual church leadership will give you an example of how to act in church. God gives you church leadership as an example of what to do when you don’t know what to do. Until you know what you should do, follow the examples of your pastor, his wife, and church leadership.
Second, add God to your walk. In verse 3, Josiah “began to seek after the God of David.” It is not good enough to just follow spiritual leaders, but you should seek to know their God in a personally. Certainly, you should follow the examples of spiritual leadership in your church, but they are a temporary example who should point you to their God so that you can learn from Him what you should do. It is always better to know the God of your leader personally than it is to follow Him through the spectacles of fleshly leadership. No leader is perfect; therefore, you would be wise to get to know God personally. No leader will live forever; therefore, getting to know the God of your preacher will help you to continue when God chooses to take your preacher to Heaven.
Third, practice what you learn. In verse 3, Josiah began to purge the things in his life as he followed his spiritual leadership and learned about God. Don’t just follow the examples of your preacher and his wife, but purge yourself from those things that will keep you from learning about their God.
Fourth, at some point you need to totally focus your eyes on the LORD. In verse 33, it says that Josiah “departed not from following the LORD.” There must come a point in your life when you stop following man and totally follow God. Until you know what God wants you to do, follow your spiritual leadership, but don’t let spiritual leadership be a crutch to lean upon the rest of your spiritual life. You’ll never become the believer you should be until you are totally focused on God for your example to live.