It can be a dramatic read at certain points when you dive into the stories of the kings of Israel and Judah. There were some good, some bad, and some even worse. One king, however, stands out to me today in his drastic commitment to do what was right in the sight of the Lord...before he even knew completely what the Lord wanted.
Josiah became king when he was eight years old, following some disobedient ancestors in the role. When he was sixteen years old he began to seek God, and a few years later he began to cleanse the land of idol worship. Fast forward a few more years and Josiah was putting measures into place to repair and restore the house of the Lord. It was in this time of restoration that something pretty amazing happened.
"Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, 'I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.' And Hilkiah gave the Book to Shaphan, and he read it."
"Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, 'Hilkiah the priest has given me a Book.' And Shaphan read it before the king. Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes."
Of course, there is more to the story that I would love to go on and on about, but right now I am drawn to rest at Hilkiah's discovery. He found the Book of the Law! That means that it had not been read for who knows how long. The king had never heard the Word of the Lord, yet he set his heart to do what would please God from a young age.
I have learned over the years that when you truly set your heart to seek God - to know His will - that He will show you. He will allow Himself to be "found" by You.
The Word came forth to him in a time of repair, restoration, and reform. What would that look like in my life? In your life? Perhaps if we cleanse our homes of all idolatry. Perhaps if we choose to repair and restore our relationship with the Lord. Perhaps then the Word will be opened up to us in a way that causes us to fall on our knees and humble our hearts before the Almighty God.
Perhaps it isn't so much about us finding the Word as it is about the Word finding us.
Father, I seek You. I want to seek You with all of my heart, taking the steps necessary to prepare my life for Your Word to come in and wreck me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 34, Hebrews 4:12-13