2 Kings 23:25, 29
Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses. While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Necho faced him and killed him at Megiddo.
Josiah was a king that had no compromise. Most of the other kings allowed high places in their kingdom ( places of idolatry ). But not Josiah. He destroyed every shrine and desecrated every high place. He cleansed the LORD'S temple of everything that didn't belong.
But he didn't live very long. 38 years old when he died.
Its not a tragedy when a person who pleases God dies young.
It is a tragedy when a person who lives only for themself dies of old age.
The Holy Spirit says of Josiah that he was an amazing king, unrivaled because of how he turned his life over to God.
What do you say of me, Jesus?
I do want to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant" when I die.
And they only way I'll hear that is if I turn to you just like Josiah did.