II Kings 22-23:3

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You see what a godly King Josiah was, even though his predecessors and those who followed him were evil.  In his faithfulness to Me and in his zeal for My House, he directed that it be repaired and rebuilt.  And when My Word was found in the temple, and was read to him, its truth touched him deeply so that he recognized the extent of the sin of My people and he tore his clothes and grieved with great repentance.  And though he instituted many reforms and saw to it that the idolatrous images and practices should cease in Judah, yet you know that those who followed Josiah and were evil led the people astray.  In this way it soon seemed that there had never been those changes that Josiah instituted, for you see that though Josiah was deeply committed to My pure worship and to the commandments of My Word, those who followed him were not so committed.  You may ask then why those things that he instituted to change from idolatrous ways that stirred My anger and My judgment, why then did those good things that Josiah had instituted not remain for long after he left the throne.  Is it not clear that as good a leader and as godly a King as Josiah was, that he could not produce long standing results from his reforming efforts.  And was not the reason for this that, though he could affect the outward circumstances in Judah, these did not effect a change in the hearts of the people.  That idolatrous spirit which was rooted in their hearts quickly emerged after Josiah died.  You may wonder if it is futile to pray for a good and godly leader if all the good that he accomplished is easily swept away and the people return to their idolatrous ways just like a dog revisits his vomit.  And surely you must recognize that this would be the same today, even if I would raise up a very godly leader who was very zealous for My word.  So then I ask you how are you to pray in this day?  How are you to ask Me to raise up godly leadership in this land.  No, it will be empty and futile unless the hearts of My people are truly smitten and they come to genuine change within by genuine repentance.  That is what you must pray for, even though it may not happen right away.

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