Do The Right Thing
Posted: Wednesday, August 3
2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33
Verse of the Day:
The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. He promised to obey all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll. (2 Chronicles 34:31 NLT)
As I was driving home last night, I heard the sound of a siren approaching my car from behind. It was an ambulance. It had its’ lights on and it was going fast. I chose to slow down, check the traffic around me, and pull over immediately. A minute or so later, an ambulance passed me by en route, most likely, to Saint Luke’s Hospital.
However, I could’ve responded in a different way. I could’ve continue driving and try to beat the ambulance. I could’ve challenged the law and done my own thing. However, I chose to do what the law requires.
In today’s reading, we find that King Josiah also had to respond to something he heard. For the very first time, he heard the Word of God. This wasn’t just an intellectual exercise in order to receive a degree. He listened to the Word of God with an open heart and mind. Thus, God’s Word had a profound impact in him. Then, King Josiah stood before the people and publicly declared his commitment to obey the word of God to the very best of his ability.
Please notice that King Josiah could’ve ignored the God’s Word and continued with his life as if nothing ever happened. However, he chose to do the right thing.
Like King Josiah, we are called to respond to the Word of God and we can respond in one of two very different ways.
(1) We can respond to God’s Word by doubting it and challenging its authority.
(2) Or, we can respond to God’s Word by believing in it and by allowing it to shape our lives.