Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 21:1-22:20 / Acts 28:17-31 / Proverbs 16:28-17:4
The lost and found section of every school, church and business is often filled with an abundance of items; many are never claimed. Every lost and found section has items that are insignificant but sometimes you will find something that is valuable. I wonder how someone could forget something that is so important…
Sometimes people don’t know they have lost anything. They realize it when they go to use it or hold it or speak to it. Parents have forgotten about their child and left them in a room, store, or car. “Well I Never Have…Would!” If we are honest, we have or have come close to it. We get so caught up in the now…distracted that we overlook the needed and the most significant becomes overlooked and insignificant.
King Josiah conducted a long overdue spring cleanup and renovation of the temple. While remodeling, they found a book. They didn’t recognize the significance of it right away because it had not been read for probably over 65 years, the time Manasseh began to reign as Judah’s king. The high priest identified it as The Book of The Law and read it to king Josiah.
Josiah tore his robes in repentance and shame after he heard The Word of the Lord read. He instructed his officials to pray for God’s mercy, “Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.” (2 Kings 22:13)
Josiah knew God’s righteous judgment would come upon Israel and they would reap the wages of their sin. Josiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and fully walked in all the ways of David. (vs.2) His heart was right yet He was ignorant of God’s Law and Word. He walked in the example of David but The Book of The Law opened his eyes to the fullness of God’s ways!
There are those who have lost The Word of the Lord. It is not that they have misplaced it – they simply have forgotten what it says or forgot to read it. It’s not part of their daily life or a consistent part of their life. Some attempt to follow God based upon someone else’s convictions and example. Others can encourage us but that type of edification is not a replacement for God’s Word. Have you lost your way? It’s probably because God’s Word is not present in your life. Get into the Word of God…it’s time for the lost to be found!