“If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.” – Billy Graham
I love the Scriptures, as I’m sure you do. Each time I read the Bible I am reminded of how precious and wonderful it is. The Word truly is a living book, and not just another piece of literature. Contained in the pages of the Law of the Lord are the precepts, instructions, and mind of God almighty.
If you removed the Word of God from your life, where would you be? I learned of salvation through the Word – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. In the pages of Scripture we learn the mind and will of God – “…thy word is truth.” John 17:17. The Bible helps us see sin and how to avoid it – “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 199:11. The list really is endless of everything the Scriptures are to us. But what if they were gone?
If today the Scriptures were ripped from your life, what would you do? All copies would be taken away, all apps deleted, all computer programs removed… the Word was simply gone. Without the Scriptures, I would be completely lost. Though I might have some memorized, or be able to paraphrase other parts, I have to have the written Word.
Too often we take it presence for granted, but we have tons of examples from history when accessibility to the Word was limited. Precious, rare, illegal… these have all be terms used to describe it existence at some point in history. So what if access to the Word was restricted, limited, or removed?
Josiah is one of the godliest kings Judah had. He took amazing steps to ensure the people of God had a heart for the Lord. After he had been king for almost 2 decades, the Law of the Lord was discovered in the broken-down temple. Josiah thought Judah was doing well before the Lord, but after he read the pages of scripture… he rent his clothing and cried.
Josiah realized that Judah had broken God’s Law over and over again, and judgment was coming. What could be done? God even sent a prophetess to declare the grim reality… judgment must come. Josiah would be spared from the onslaught, but in Josiah’s heart this was devastating news.
He ordered that everyone have the Law of the Lord read to them, and then did everything in his power to spark a national revival. For the most part, Josiah succeeded in getting the people to follow the Lord. Eventually Judah would end up in the same idolatrous mess again, and judgment would come.
The absence of the Word of God made a major difference for Judah, and when Josiah found it he was broken hearted over the lack of obedience in Judah. The Word shed light on the reality of things, and revealed how dire their situation really was.
Do you love God’s Word? Do you read it? The Scriptures will shed light on your life, helping you identify what needs to change, and what needs to continue. The Law of the Lord is profitable for your life, showing you correction, reproof, instruction, doctrine. Seek the Lord in His Word every day, and the love the Scriptures.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Chronicles 32 - 34
2 Chronicles 34:31
And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book.
• Why did Hezekiah stop the fountains of water?
• Why did Sennacherib send men to discourage Judah?
• Why was the Lord magnified in the sight of all nations?
• Who is Manasseh?
• What does it mean to “observe times”?
• Why did Manasseh humble himself?
• Who is Amon?
• Who is Josiah?
• How old was Josiah when he began to seek the Lord?
• How could the law of Moses have been lost?
• Why was Josiah so upset when he read the Law?