“God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?” (Job 9:4 NKJV).
Josiah was one of the few kings of Judah who did what was right in God’s sight. He went from one city to another breaking down all the altars of Baal and wooden images. He also burned the bones of the priests of Baal on their altars and purged Judah and Jerusalem (2 Chro. 34:4-5).
Josiah also set the priests and the Levites in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of the LORD. Moreover, Josiah kept a Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem in a grand style.
The Scripture testifies, “There had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet; and none of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as Josiah kept, with the priests and the Levites, all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (2 Chro. 35:18 NKJV).
Unfortunately, Josiah died in the prime of his days because he refused to refrain from meddling with God. It is good for us today to examine how Josiah meddled with God so as to avoid such a terrible and deadly blunder.
While Necho the King of Egypt was on God’s mission to fight against the house of the King of Assyria, Josiah went out against him. Necho sent messengers to Josiah, 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.” (2 Chro. 35:21 NKJV).
Unfortunately, Josiah would not stop meddling with God in spite of being warned by Necho.
The Scripture testifies to Josiah’s stubbornness and its consequence in 2 Chronicles 35:
22 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.
23 And the archers shot King Josiah; and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am severely wounded.”
24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot and put him in the second chariot that he had, and they brought him to Jerusalem. So he died, and was buried in one of the tombs of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah. (NKJV).
Many people today, like Josiah, are meddling with God by resisting or standing in the way of someone God has sent on a specific mission. This is a dangerous thing to do!
When you seek to discourage, resist, oppose, or stand in the way of anyone God has sent on a mission, like Josiah, you are simply fighting against God, thereby setting up yourself for a sudden destruction.
The Scripture warns:
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Heb. 10:31 NKJV).
“If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand. God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?” (Job 9:3-4 NKJV).
Undoubtedly, one of the primary responsibilities of spiritual leaders (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) in the Church is to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
It is however disheartening that many of our spiritual leaders today are unwilling to equip and release the believers under their tutelage for the work of ministry outside their church, organization, or denomination circles or settings.
Many of our spiritual leaders today, like Josiah, are hiding under various religious guises to discourage, dissuade, oppose, or hold back mature believers in their churches, organizations or denominations from stepping outside the four walls of their churches, organizations or denominations to do the work of ministry they have equipped them for.
It is sad but true that there are many mature believers in our churches today who are just warming the church benches or seats and marking the church register every service because their pastors would not allow them to go out and fulfil their divine assignments outside their church walls or denomination settings.
God’s gifts in many believers today are lying dormant or wasting away within the four walls of our churches as a result of the spiritual manipulation, domination, or bewitchment of our spiritual leaders who would not release mature believers under their leadership for the works of the ministry outside their church, organization or denomination circles or settings.
Beloved, when you employ any means or strategies to discourage, oppose, resist, or discourage any believer who God has called to pioneer a new work or sent on a mission outside your ministry, church, organization or denomination setting; you are simply meddling with God.
You are not God’s boss who He must consult with or take permission from before He calls and sends any of His children on a mission outside your ministry, church, organization or denomination setting. The kingdom of God is infinitely greater than any ministry, church, organization or denomination.
Perhaps, Josiah was not convinced that Necho was on God’s mission to Assyria, so he sought to oppose and stop him; nevertheless he lost his life in the process.
Even when you are not convinced about the mission or assignment God has sent any of His children; it is wisdom for you not to seek to resist or oppose anyone who claims God has sent him on a mission outside your church, organization or denomination circle or setting.
Although Josiah disguised to oppose Necho who claimed to be on God’s mission, yet he was shot and severely wounded.
Many of our spiritual leaders today, like Josiah, have been severely wounded because they would not refrain from meddling with God by seeking to manipulate, discourage, or hold back the believers under their leadership from stepping out of their ministries, churches and denominations to fulfil their God-given assignments.
Friend, beware of meddling with God like Josiah!
The Bible admonishes you to mind your own business or ministry and not suffer as a busybody in other people’s matters (1 Thess. 4:11, 1 Pet. 4:15).
Refrain today from meddling with God by seeking to stop, distract, discourage, or dissuade anyone called or sent by God on a mission outside your church, organization or denomination circle or setting.
Remember the stubbornness of Josiah and its consequence!
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I choose not to meddle with You by seeking to discourage, oppose, or stop anyone under my leadership who you have called and sent on a mission outside my church setting, help me Lord, in Jesus’ name. Amen.