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Empty Glasses

In my regular Bible reading, I came across a great comparison in a story about King Josiah and the people of Israel.

King Josiah reigned after a period of time when Israel had fallen away from relationship with God.  He eventually found the “Book of the Covenant”, which was the agreement that God had made with the people of Israel about how they were to live.

When King Josiah read it, he renewed the agreement, then he went all out in making sure that everything that had to do with false religion was destroyed.  He even put people to death over it!

This is all found in 2 Kings 23:1-20.

But, he realized that “emptying the glass” was not enough.  It was not simply enough to get rid of false religion, to get rid of sin, or to get rid of the people responsible for all the evil that was committed.

When glasses are left empty, they are simply waiting to be filled up with something.  And Josiah knew that if the people of Israel were not filled up with something new and better, they would revert back to how they were.

So, in verses 21-22 of the same chapter, we read this: “21 King Josiah then issued this order to all the people: “You must celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God, as required in this Book of the Covenant.” 22 There had not been a Passover celebration like that since the time when the judges ruled in Israel, nor throughout all the years of the kings of Israel and Judah.”


Could it be that since no celebrations were happening regularly, the people of Israel lost their way and started honoring the wrong things?

Josiah made sure to “fill the glass” with the honor of God and the remembrance of all that he had done for them.

I believe the main reason negativity, sin, anger, etc. exist in our lives is because we have not filled the cup with thanksgiving, honor, love, celebration, etc.

Would you consider celebrating more today?  If so, I believe it will make all the difference in your life!

Let’s party!