The blame game—we’re good at it! We blame others, even God, for our sin and its consequences, twisting the facts and pointing the finger at the most convenient target.
2 Kings 22, 23 & 24
2 Kings 22, 23 & 24:
Our personal accountability
It’s all too common for people today to blame their problems and their spiritual condition on their parents. But here was Josiah who had a horrible spiritual heritage. Both his father and his grandfather did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, yet 23.25 says:
“Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.”
Wow! In spite of his family of origin, Josiah loved and served the Lord.
We don’t limit our blaming to our parents. We blame our spouses, our heritage, our temperament, and our circumstances, even God.
But no matter whom our parents or grandparents were or were not, we’re responsible for our choices. God never allows any situation in our lives that can keep us from crying out to God and being saved, or from becoming the man or woman of God that He desires for us to be (1 Cor. 10.13; Ezek. 18.20)!
A mother’s influence
Have you also noticed that as the history of Judah’s kings has been recounted, God included the names of their mothers, as well as, their fathers? In Josiah’s case, he was only eight years old when he began to reign. It’s unlikely that he made the decisions he did without wise counsel. And who do you suppose would be the most likely counselor of an eight-year-old boy?
Mothers and grandmothers can make a big difference in the lives of their children and grand-children—for good or for evil. Remember Athaliah who had her own grandchildren put to death so she could seize control. It’s no wonder her son Ahaziah was a wicked king. Continue reading