“Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him” (2 Kings 23:25).

If family background is any indicator of future possibilities, Josiah didn’t have a chance. Both his grandfather, Manasseh, and his father, Amon, did evil in the sight of the Lord and were considered the worst of the kings in Judah’s history. Even so, Josiah receives the highest commendation for the life he lived and the leadership he offered. It’s the needed reminder that Godly transformation will always trump genetic predisposition. We are not hapless puppets dangling on strings of DNA. The encoding of the Holy Spirit opens the door to endless possibilities.

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