This morning one of my readings was about King Josiah of Judah (2 Kings 22:1-2, 8-13). Josiah came to the throne in 640BC when he was only eight years old. He was one of the few good kings in Biblical history, he “did right in the sight of God.” He kept on the straight and narrow road following the example of his ancestor David, following God.
Under his orders to renovate the temple the book of the Law was found, the holy scriptures. It was read to the king with great effect, “When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the Lord that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” (2 Kings 22:8-13). There are four successful effects of the sriptures on Josiah: 1. He is convicted of sin, 2. He is disturbed, 3. He repents of sin, 4. He takes action.
The scriptures exposed sin in the life of the people of God, this grieved the king greatly. His repentance is true repentance, he acted on the knowledge of sin. He shared the news and turned the nation away from sin, bringing them closer to God. This is the power in the Word of God then, and the same power exists today in our Bible:
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12.
Finally dear reader, are you reading the Word of God every day? Reading it methodically and in prayer? Are you connected to the power of His Word?