The Young Ruler

Ericka Loynes

Read: 2 Kings 22:1-13

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign . . . (v. 1)

I love the movie Black Panther. It is the story of a prince who must rise to become the leader of his country after the tragic death of his father. Soon the son discovers a terrible secret from his father’s past. The son must decide whether he will follow his father’s pattern of secrecy and seclusion, or embrace a new way of leadership, more vulnerable and transparent. Will he walk in his father’s footsteps or break the pattern of sin?

The story is nothing new, and that is one of the reasons I love it. In today’s Scripture reading, we find a recently murdered King Amnon, forcing Josiah to the throne. But Josiah is only eight years old, as unprepared as can be! He could have easily slipped into the evil pattern set down by his grandfather and father, but Josiah chose to do what is right in God’s sight. Though he is immature and inexperienced, Josiah is divinely appointed for the role. In fact, as the years go by, he will lead the nation back to God (23:1-3).

When it’s time for you to take the lead, circumstances may not always be ideal. God could call for our leadership at any time—at any age. God may call on you before you feel prepared to lead. Whether the moment comes for you, or someone in your life, be prepared to encourage and support those who are being called to step up and lead. Be willing to provide godly counsel to them. And know that it may be your turn to lead, sooner than you expect. —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, ask God for wisdom to influence future generations.