Thank you Eduardo for penning this devotional.
Read 2 Kings 21-25
Yesterday’s video recommended by Daniel summarises today’s chapter in this way - ”...but Judah is just too far gone”. Chapter after chapter, it has been complete chaos, even as we reach the end of the book. However, through this chaos, we meet Josiah, a king who did what was right in the sight of the Lord (22:2).
In chapter 22, the “Book of the Law” was found. This “Book” consisted of either the first five books of the Bible (Genesis - Deuteronomy) or just Deuteronomy. Either way, they were the direct words of God (Exodus 31:18, 32:16), given to Moses, who wrote them down (Deuteronomy 31:9) and emphasised the importance of it - “This is your life” (Deuteronomy 32:47). This was the start of the written Bible we have access to today. Yet, something extraordinary happens - one evil king followed by another resulted in this “Book”, Scripture itself, being lost.
We have the full, inspired, canon of Scripture readily available to us (2 Timothy 3:16). However, many today also “lose” the Scriptures by ignoring it, putting it aside and consequently not being affected by the truths found within it. What should we do instead? We must remember that God’s word gives us the standard by which we should live by. This past Sunday, Dave reminded us of something very important - “(the Bible) is where we get our first layer of guidance from; saturate ourselves in the Bible and that helps to shape our thoughts and our attitudes so that we start to think in the same way that God does”.
Josiah is an example of how we should respond to the Bible - as he heard the words of Scripture being read out loud to him (22:10), “he tore his robes” (22:11, this was a way to express remorse). Immediately he called for reforms in the land. The reading of God’s word instantly convicted and helped him shape his thoughts and attitudes, to live according to God’s will. And so, when we read God’s truth in His Word, like Josiah, let us take action immediately, so that we may not delay in “starting to think in the same way that God does”. Let us not delay in making our lives more and more in line with His will. Amen!