And the king went up to the house of the LORD, and with him all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and the prophets, all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the LORD. And the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant.2 Kings 23-2-3
In a week or so, we will be encouraged to vote and politicians will knock on doors, make public appearances, hold press conferences, and advertise how they will solve problems faced by voters. Most will make declarations they will not be able to keep (intentionally or not).
What a contrast to today’s leaders is a man like Josiah. Notice when he read the Bible to the crowd, he didn’t point fingers or blame his forefathers. He stood as a man and made a very public commitment,
Read through that sentence again and consider the level of commitment and dedication. He pledged himself to God. He promised to walk after the LORD. He intended to follow God’s commands with all of his heart.
What if the people had truly done the same? What if we do today?