Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Josiah Renews the Covenant

2 Kings 23:1-6


Shibu George

Trinity MTC, Houston
He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left. 2 Kings 22:2

Many married couples decide to renew their vows after several years of marriage to celebrate their love, and to remind them of the pledge and covenant that they made to each other when they first got married. It often sparks new life into their marriage.

A young King Josiah from our passage today, decided that it was time for God’s people to renew their covenant with God. During the reign of King Josiah, the Book of the Law was found after having been lost and forgotten. King Josiah was stunned and terrified of what he read would be the consequences of not following the words of the Book of the Law, and tore his robes in despair because the people that came before him had been disobedient. But the Lord God saw the genuineness of his dismay and offered grace and mercy to His people. So Josiah gathered all the people together at the temple and they renewed their covenant to the Lord. He then ordered all idolatrous items within to the temple to be desecrated, removed, and burned.

Has God’s Word been lost and forgotten in your life? Is it time to turn back and renew your covenant relationship with Him? Are there idols in your life that need to be removed and burned? In 2 Corinthians 6:2 Paul says “…I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” Do not delay! For there is no better time than now to renew your relationship with Christ and to receive his gift of grace and mercy!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I have forgotten your Word. Help me to renew my commitment to you, and to remove all things that I prioritize over you so that I might receive your gift of grace. Amen!

Thought for the day: How shall I feel at judgment, if multitudes of missed opportunities pass before me in full review, and all my excuses prove to be disguises of my cowardice and pride? - Dr. W.E. Sangster