By Pastor Robert Jewett
Is it possible for a person to do what is right even if the example they grew up witnessing was always wrong? Let’s examine the life of Josiah to investigate this question. Josiah came from two generations of very wicked men. His grandfather, Manasseh, did more evil in the sight of the Lord than the pagan nations that God destroyed (2 Kings 21:9-10).
Manasseh even burned one of his sons as an offering to a pagan god (2 Kings 21:6). Josiah’s father, Amon, followed in his father Manasseh’s footsteps. He abandoned the Lord and served the same idols that his father served (2 Kings 21:20-21). Josiah, however, even with the evil examples and influences of grandpa and dad, did was right in the eyes of the Lord.
If the wisdom of this world was correct, Josiah could not have escaped his horrible upbringing. He would have been a product of his environment and destined to do evil in the sight of the Lord. This view leaves no opportunities for hope. God, however, offers every person hope. Hope for freedom from sin (Rom 6:17-18); hope for a new start and new identity (2 Cor 5:17); hope of eternal life (John 3:16); and hope to endure through all of life’s difficulties (1 Cor 10:13, Rom 8:28-29). All one must do is repent and trust in Christ.
Instead of excusing sin based upon your circumstances, know that there is forgiveness and freedom from sin offered through Jesus. Rejoice in the fact that your fate is not in the hands of your circumstances, but in the hands of God.
Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.