Daily Devotion for January 30, 2015

Because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord (2 Chronicles 34:27).

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 34:24-33
Song: “For You I Am Praying”

I love the great painting of George Washington kneeling in the snow and praying while his army struggled to survive a bitterly cold winter at Valley Forge. Washington surely sensed providential leading in the fight for independence that forged a new nation. He stands as an example of the difference a godly leader can make in the survival of a cause or nation.
In ancient times, Josiah came to the throne at 8 years of age, when the land of Judah had lost sight of God. But during his reign, workmen discovered a book while remodeling the temple. It turned out to be the book of the Law, God’s Word. Upon reading it, Josiah was moved to repentance, and this godly leader led the nation in turning back to God.
One godly leader can make a difference. Disaster was delayed until after Josiah’s lifetime.
Some fear America is headed for a similar time of judgment and disaster. But will we find leaders to turn our nation back to its foundations of individual liberty and personal moral responsibility? The Scriptures call us to pray for our current leaders. Perhaps we should also be praying for future leaders, as well.

Lord, thank You for those who dedicate themselves to national leadership. Please raise up godly leaders as You did in the days of Josiah. And when it comes to strengthening the moral foundations—start with this one citizen. In Christ, amen.

— Scripture: 2 Chronicles 34:24-33