“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord….” II Chron. 34:1-2
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reined fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
But did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord….” II Chron. 33: 1-2.
What counts the most when this life is over? Some say one thing and some say another. Some attempt to erect a monument to themselves, in the form of wealth, power, or even popularity, while they yet live. What counts the most with God?
There are about forty-two kings mentioned in the Bible, who ruled over Israel and Judah. Of them, God has spoken very plainly. When their life was over, the only important thing was whether they lived right or wrong. Many of them contributed much to the civilizations of their day. Sone built great cities and won great battles. Some were famous for their goodness and others for their brutality. In the end, however, they all fell into one of two groups. They were pleasing or dis-pleasing to God. Is not this the most important thing we can consider? Whether prince or pauper, all must one day reach one of these groups. We have the opportunity of selecting the place in which we will spend eternity. May we always strive to do those things that are” right in the eyes of God”.
By: J.R. Chism