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Read 2 Chronicles 34:1 through 36:23

Noted author John Maxwell has made it plain for years: leadership makes all the difference. If leadership is strong, an organization has a great chance of making an impact. If leadership is weak, the group has a limited chance of success. A huge part of any leader’s job is to get people to do what they need to so they can succeed.

Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors (2 Chronicles 34:33).

Many people can lead themselves, and that’s a definite prerequisite for greater roles. Some are effective in leading their families, which is quite a noble feat. But to lead an entire nation in service to God is another thing entirely. That takes strength, wisdom, commitment, and the favor of God. That’s leadership.

Thought for Today: What might happen in any country if the people made that kind of communal stand today?

Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 34:29–33


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