King Josiah has reigned for almost 18 years. His father, King Amon, was a wicked King and was assassinated. Josiah was made King at age 8 and now he is coming into his own as a leader.
The Temple, the house of worship for the nation, is in disrepair. It’s been neglected. Realizing this, King Josiah sends workers to repair and renovate the Temple. When that work begins, the High Priest finds “the Book of the Law” that somehow was lost.
The King was interested. The lost book was probably the Book of Deuteronomy, one of the books of Moses; in our Bible one of the first five books of the Old Testament.
King Josiah is interested in this book because he is one who believes and trusts the Lord. We read in II Kings 22:2, that “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.”
Once the King hears this word of God read to him and understands the message he acts on it. He seeks the Lord’s will. And because the King’s heart was responsive to God and he humbled himself before the Lord; the Lord promises to delay his judgment upon the nation. King Josiah carries out a reform movement throughout the nation calling people to return to the ways of the Lord. And the nation moves away from false and foreign gods. It’s a good period in the nations history.
I think of how Paul describes being transformed by God in the opening two verses of Romans 12. He encourages us to “offer” ourselves to God and to “be transformed by the renewing of our mind.” Then we will be able to discover God’s, “good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Perhaps sometimes, like the people in King Josiah’s day, we lose the word of God. We stop reading the Bible, saying our prayers, and seeking the Lord. It’s possible for us to get lost in all the things of life that we neglect our relationship with Jesus Christ.
But isn’t it good to know that God is there for us, waiting for us to return and seek him. Jesus welcomes us back into relationship with him and our heavenly Father, even when we stray. We can experience our own “Lost and Found” in life. Enjoy your relationship with God today, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.