I have always loved the story of the young king and amazing reformer in the Old Testament, King Josiah. What that man did to turn round a nation from gross and despicable religious practices and immorality is an inspiration for any would-be world changer!
His story can be found in 2 Chronicles 34 & 35 if you need to refresh yourself about it.
One thing that struck me with sadness recently though, was the end of the story.
It can be found here:
After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates; and Josiah went out against him. But he sent messengers to him, saying, “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.” Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself so that he might fight with him, and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of God. So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo. (2 Chronicles 35:20-22 NKJV)
The story goes on to say that Josiah was shot by archers and died!
What struck me is this … No matter what my history with God; no matter what great things I may accomplish in zeal and commitment to Jesus, is my heart able to hear the word of God through “an enemy” as easily as through a friend (or through “normal, expected channels”)?
Sometimes I wonder if it can be easier to hear the word of God through a donkey than through an ‘enemy’?
What unusual ways has God spoken to you? Are you accustomed to hearing His voice? Got any “strange channel” stories of God speaking to you through unconventional means?