“During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what fickle Israel has done? Like a wife who commits adultery, Israel has worshiped other gods on every hill and under every green tree. I thought, ‘After she has done all this, she will return to me.’ But she did not return, and her faithless sister Judah saw this. She saw that I divorced faithless Israel because of her adultery. But that treacherous sister Judah had no fear, and now she, too, has left me and given herself to prostitution. Israel treated it all so lightly—she thought nothing of committing adultery by worshiping idols made of wood and stone. So now the land has been polluted. But despite all this, her faithless sister Judah has never sincerely returned to me. She has only pretended to be sorry. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiah 3:6-10
King Josiah called for a time of national repentance. The Law was read to the people of the land, and a covenant made between the people and the Lord: “The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant” (2 Kings 23:3). Many reforms followed. The temple was cleansed from all objects of pagan worship, and the idolatrous high places in the land were demolished. Josiah restored the observance of the Passover and removed mediums and witches from the land.
The revival under King Josiah was a revival—there is no question about it. Many people turned to God. But it was so popular that for many it was nothing but a surface return to God. By and large, as far as the nation is concerned, it was a superficial experience with God. We need revival God’s way. We must do as this scripture says in Matthew, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33) If we are to have the revival that we need, we must become God Chasers. A God Chaser is one that seeks God in all that they do. It is not just on Sunday morning; it is in everything in life. Their total life is about seeking God. Giving Him credit for all we do. We build our life around Jesus, not church, but around Jesus. To be a God Chaser we need to go to the altar and pray until we have touched the throne of God. This altar is not a place of blessing; it is a place of death. It is a place that we must die to self and the world so that we can live for Jesus.