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Joash the boy king: he is among the most famous and youngest kings ever to reign in Israel.  This underestimated youth comes to leadership under the worst of circumstances, after generations of leaders have led Israel in apostasy.  Ahab’s family will go to great lengths to hold on to the power that it has over God’s people.  A back-and-forth war exists between Jehovah and those who seek to advance the religion of Baal.  So great has apostasy gripped Israel and intoxicated its promoters that Joash’s own grandmother sought his life so that she could retain power.  

Yet in the midst of this apostasy and its chaotic results, we find the key to revival.  Corporate revival begins with personal revival.  And personal revival begins by hiding: “And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land” Chronicles 22:12).  It is a powerful lesson!  While apostasy reigns, destroys, and seemingly conquers, Joash hides in the house of God.  Just like Elijah hid at Cherith (1 Kings 17:3), and like the disciples abode in the upper room (Acts 1:3), Joash hides in the house of God.  He hides in God’s presence. 

It is only as we go away and hide in God’s presence that we develop the necessary ingredients to be agents of revival and reformation.  It is only as the His word is hidden in our hearts (Ps. 119:11) that we can break down the evil inside our hearts that tries to hide from the face of God (Rev. 6:16).  Do you want to be an agent of revival and reformation for God’s church, but you are not sure if God can use you?  He can!  Hide in Him, and watch what happens.

Israel Ramos

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