Nevertheless, the Lord did not turn away from the heat of his fierce anger, which burned against Judah because of all that Manasseh had done to arouse his anger. – 2 Kings 23:26
Josiah, grandson of Hezekiah, was the greatest of the Judean kings following in the David dynasty. He restored the Pesach and held great observances of the festivals and feasts of God spelled out in the Mosaic Law. He loved the Lord with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength and held true to the Word of the Lord throughout his lifetime.
Oh that God’s people would develop a hunger and zeal for doing the things of God and holding true to his word, as did Josiah. He loved God more than life itself. He even went into another kingdom and demolished and destroyed their pagan shrines and temples! How’s that for devotion to his God! Would you be willing to rise up and take that kind of action even if it meant your arrest or death!
Nevertheless, despite the great revival seen in Judah during his reign, the anger of the Lord was not quenched because of the great sin that Manasseh had caused Judah to commit. The anger of the Lord still burned greatly, but he did promise not to bring about the destruction on Judah in Josiah’s day because he repented of the sins Judah committed when he learned what the Word of the Lord said about the sins committed in all of Israel and Judah!
The same will happen in America. God’s people are rediscovering the truth of God’s word and even are repenting of the nation’s sins of murdering the innocent, calling wrong right – right wrong, and other heinous acts. In spite of their torn hearts and repentance, the Lord’s anger still kindles against us because of the atrocities performed in the past and the continued rebellion against him by our leadership. We will see repentance followed by revival followed by judgment. It’s the way of God on a sinful, rebellious nation.
Father, as much as we turn from our sins and pray for revival through a great awakening, we know the truth is the truth. You will still bring judgment upon this nation for its sins. If you don’t do so, then Sodom and Gomorrah are owed an apology and need to be restored, for our sins are as great if not worse than theirs. Until the day of your judgment on us, allow people to turn from their wicked ways and find life in you. Your will be done, not ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.