Today we look at Jedidah, wife of King Amon and mother of King Josiah.
She’s mentioned in only one verse, 2 Kings 22:1. “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.”
It’s followed by, “And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.”
You know what that means. Jedidah is given credit for Josiah following God.
So now, let’s look at Jedidah’s husband, Amon, to see what kind of king he was.
We’re told in 2 Kings 21 that he was evil, that he served and worshipped idols, and He forsook the God of his fathers. He reigned as king for two years before his servants conspired against him and killed him in his home. Then the people of the land executed those who had conspired and killed the king, then they made his son Josiah king.
The only way that Josiah could have done what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David, was to have had someone to teach him those ways, which is pretty amazing considering the kind of man his father was. Which would mean that Jedidah had to have been a pretty powerful influence to offset the influence of her husband.
It’s easy to get discouraged thinking that you can’t make a difference. That you can’t break the cycle.
But you can. We serve a God who is stronger than the enemy. He is more powerful than those who would fight against Him. We serve a mighty God. When we’re on fire for Him, when we’re loving Him with all heart, others see it and they want it for themselves. It’s contagious.
No matter the situation you’re in. Regardless of how powerful the negative influences are, you can overcome them. You can break the chains that bind. You can be a light in the darkness leading others to the Light.
Lord God, thank you for this encouraging reminder of the power of a godly mother. Be with us as we struggle to be the witness that You would have us to be. Give us the strength to do right when it would be easier to just give up. Forgive us those times that we give in to temptation and cause others to stumble. Thank You for picking us up, dusting us off, and setting us back on the right course. We love You so very much. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.