Last week, in my devotions, I was reading the story of King Josiah. He was the boy king who eventually found the Law of God in the temple. Gathering all Israel together, he read it before the Lord. He then abolished idol worship throughout the lands of Judah and Israel and held a great Passover celebration in Jerusalem. We know all these things about Judah's last good king, but have you ever thought about the events of his death? Necho, the king of Egypt and enemy of Judah, started marching his army in the direction of Jerusalem. Josiah immediately gathered his troops and went out to meet him. Necho sent a message however. “What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I have not come against you this day, but against the house with which I have war; for God commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with God, who is with me, lest He destroy you" (2 Chronicles 35:21). Refusing to heed the warning, Josiah marched his army into battle anyway. Disguised as a common soldier, Josiah was hit by an archer and died shortly afterward.

Josiah suffered from what I call Chosen People Syndrome. He was used to being the one God spoke to. He was the king of God's chosen people. He didn't think for even one second that God had perhaps spoken to this heathen enemy king. Josiah ended up losing his life because he got in the way of someone carrying out a command from God. What about us? On Thursday night we will be looking at the characteristics of the true church. I firmly believe that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is God's remnant, end-time movement. But is there a danger of catching Chosen People Syndrome? Are we so used to being the ones God speaks to that we're in danger of getting in the way of someone who is trying to do a specific mission for God? Be careful who you count as lost outsiders. God can use them just as easily as He used a heathen enemy king. And when He does, make sure you listen.

Listening for His voice,

Pastor Sutherland

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