July 28, 2014
READ: 2 Kings 22:1-23:25
When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair (22:11).
As a Christian radio broadcaster, I get to encourage listeners by presenting truths from God’s Word, and—in the process—I’m also encouraged and built up in my faith. Berni Dymet, a broadcaster, author and speaker, recently tweeted that he’d recorded a number of radio messages and that he’d been ministered to as he read the Word of God out loud. Hearing God’s Word is a powerful antidote to the very real struggles of everyday life.
Josiah was 8 years old when he became king and reigned in Jerusalem (2 Kings 22:1). He came from a line of kings who had often wandered away from God and His commands, including his own father. After many years, the high priest Hilkiah found the lost Book of the Law in the temple. He dusted it off and read it to a servant of the king who in turn read it to King Josiah. On hearing the words of the Book of the Law, the king tore his robes and renewed his covenant with God (v.11, 23:3).
When the people of Judah heard the king read the words of the Book of the Covenant and saw him renew his vow to the Lord, they also pledged to follow the Lord and keep His commands (v.3). For the first time in many years, King Josiah ordered the people to celebrate Passover (vv.21-23); and he tore down and destroyed the false idols, shrines and all other detestable things across the land (v.24).
King Josiah’s change of heart was so dramatic in fact, that neither before nor after was there a king who turned to the Lord as he did (v.25). But it all started with hearing the Word of God and responding to it. —Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
365-day plan› John 7:32-53
Read Romans 10:17 and see how your faith is built up as you take in the Word of God.
Build your faith by confessing and praying some of the promises and the principles in the Bible out loud regarding your life and your circumstances. How will you respond to what God has been teaching you in His Word?