Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Life to be reformed through the word of God.
He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord.
At work, our mission and our purpose are to have our patient's results available in the most accurate and efficient manner. Employees are asked to familiarize themselves with the company's Standards operating procedure manual when they are first hired and comply with it for the duration of their job. An SOP provides employees with a framework for following a company's step-by-step procedures that comply with the regulations. I believe as a Christian our SOP is the Word of God. The Word provides a strong foundation for our faith and helps us build a better understanding of our Father.
Josiah started his reign as king of Judah when he was 8 years old. The two kings before him instilled idol worship and pagan practices in the temple because of this the people of Israel ignored the covenants and the book of the law. Josiah was one of the few that walked in the way of the Lord. It was in the 18 year of Josiah’s reign that his high priest discovered the book of the law in the temple. As the book of the law was being read to him, he was totally broken. In Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. The book of the Law cut him deeply and started one of the greatest reformations in Israel history.
As Christians, the Word of God is the foundation for our faith. It gives us a better understanding of his divine nature and his purpose for us in life. The Word equips us to make wise choices and provides us the wisdom we need to handle whatever the world throws at us. What made Josiah an amazing king was not only his desire to walk in the way of the lord but also his submission to God's Word. I believe the commitment to desire God's way and the meditation of the Word to be interconnected. We can’t not be reformed in our relationship with God without taking the time to know him through his Word. In 2 kings 23:2 Josiah made sure that Word was heard to all from the least to the greatest. He wanted them to realize that the book of the law should be a staple in people’s lives. As a Christian it is tough to consistently meditate on the word as we navigate through our daily responsibilities but in order for a change or transformation to take place there has to be an intimate relationship with the father. God tells Moses Successor Joshua to “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8. Josiah after reading the Word, made a public commitment with his people in 2 kings 23:3-6. He declared he will keep the book of the covenant with all his heart and soul. That commitment to the word made him get rid of all the idols and pagan practices that kept his people from God. This same commitment to the Word should drive us to get rid of the things that are pushing us away from him and allow a reformation to happen in our lives.
Lord help us to desire your will and meditate on your word day and night Amen
Thought for the Day
. R.C Sproul - “ One of the big problems in the church today is that people are looking for power everywhere except the place God has put it -His word. If we want to find the power for persevering in faith, putting sin to death, and growing in Christ, it will come only as we attend diligently to his Word. Let us do what we can today and every day to learn the the Scriptures.”
Jibu Abraham, Long Island MTC, New York