|Read: 2 Kings 22: 1-20|
|S||2 Kings 22: 11(NLT): When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair.|
|O||1. There was once a united nation of Israel. In about 930 BC, before Josiah became king of Judah in 640 BC, Israel divided into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah.
2. Kings between 930 BC and 640 BC, either “did what was evil in the LORD’s sight” or “did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight”.
3. No matter which type king, “good” or “bad”, they all permitted idols to remain.
4. The entire nation was changed when Josiah heard from the “Book of the Law”, which was perhaps the entire Pentateuch or just the book of Deuteronomy.
|A||How has my life been changed from reading the Bible? I want to live a life pleasing to God. I want to have a life of purpose for God, but what have I failed to remove to do this? As long as I fail to remove what is not pleasing in God’s sight, then my life will be like a roller coaster and lack the best purpose which God intended.
These kings didn’t have a bible in every hotel room, or in book stores like we have today. Not until the fourth century at least. Yet, Josiah changed the course of his life, and his nation with this one reading. He learned that if his life, and nation were to have a purpose for God, he needed to learn from other king’s mistakes and remove the idols.
On Feb. 5, 2014, Larry Merio, President and CEO of CVS Health, decided to stop selling all tobacco products. This was very costly for CVS Health. CVS was the first pharmaceutical corporation to do this. Larry stated, “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” Their purpose was health. Being the President and CEO of my life, doesn’t make me the owner. God is the owner, and I work for Him. If I am going to have a meaningful life, and if I am going to live for God, then I must live on purpose for Him.
|P||Loving Father. Change my life, with Your word. Do whatever You want. I ask the same thing David asked of You in Psalm 139: 24, “Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” In Your name, Amen.|