Scripture Reading:2 Kings 22:3-4; 8-13
"In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the Lord. He said: "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the Lord, which the doorkeepers have collected from the people... Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord." He gave it to Shaphan, who read it. Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: "Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the Lord and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple." Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king's attendant: "Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord's anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us."
Verse for Meditation: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. -- Psalm 119:105
Devotional: The Bible is a primary way that God reveals himself to his people. When King Josiah sent his officials into the temple, it was for the task of getting money to pay those who were working on the temple. God had another idea. The High Priest Hilkiah said that he had found the Book of the Law, but the real truth is that God led him right to it! God is not hiding from us but desiring that we will find him and is constantly drawing us to himself.
The Word of God, the Bible, is of critical importance for every believer. Psalm 119:105 describes it as a lamp for the feet and a light to the path. The Bible helps us to navigate life, often not with systematic step-by-step instructions, but with divine inspiration and direction as we see God's story of salvation unfolding. God has not left us to figure out everything in life on our own, but has given us his Word so that we can more clearly see our way and live for his glory.
Question to Consider: Is reading and meditating on Scripture a part of your daily walk with God? Consider how you can make prayerfully and expectantly reading the Bible a part of your daily routine.
Bonus idea: Why not download the Bible app on your smartphone today? You can read many different scripture versions, as well as set up your phone with daily devotional studies. You can even invite other friends to join you in this. This is a very simple way to make daily Bible reading a part of your life.