Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 34
Josiah was just a boy of eight when he became king of Judah. If you’re a guy you probably pretended to be a king at the age of eight; but Josiah actually was king! Not only that, by the time he was sixteen he was seeking God himself and leading the nation back to God unlike many of his predecessors. By the age of twenty six Josiah purified the land and restored the temple of God. During this process a priest named Hilkiah found the Book of the Law of the Lord that had been given through Moses. What an amazing find! I certainly don’t believe that it was a coincidence that as Josiah sought God and sought to lead the nation back to God that God revealed Himself to Josiah through the finding of the Book of the Law. We will always find God when we seek Him with all our hearts.
So, after finding the Book of the Law a man named Shaphan read the book to Josiah the king. God’s Word spoke to Josiah who “tore his robes” as a sign of his extreme grief for the sins that the nation of Judah had committed against The Lord. This Godly sorrow for the sins of the nation against God led Josiah to action and God heard his prayer:
27 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord.
Josiah not only responded to the Word of God himself he read God’s Word to everyone in Judah and called them to respond as well:
29 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the Levites—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 31 The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book. 32 Then he had everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledge themselves to it; the people of Jerusalem did this in accordance with the covenant of God, the God of their ancestors.
What a great example of Godly living and leadership by Josiah. The thing that strikes me most about this account and what I believe we can take away from it and apply to our lives is that when God spoke to Josiah through His Word, Josiah put it into action in his life immediately.
For Josiah, finding the Book of the Law was like finding the greatest treasure in the world! Yet, many of us have God’s Word on every shelf in our houses collecting dust like it really doesn’t matter that much to us. Let today be the day that you rediscover the treasure of reading God’s Word like Josiah did. But, don’t let it stop at just reading God’s Word, put it into practice immediately and allow God to tear down the idols in your life just as He did for Josiah and the nation of Judah.
Posted by: Matt Mofield