This is the power of God’s Word: to convict. To cut to the quick. To silence and stun. An example of this reality is provided in 2 Chronicles 34. King Josiah was busy about his noble work (having the Temple of God repaired and purified for corporate worship) when a copy of the Mosaic Law was found, and read to him. These words were foreign to him. He had never heard them. There were worship details and instructions that the people of Judah had largely forgotten, including the kings before Josiah. Josiah was shocked at what the commands of God said. Seeds of truth were planted into King Josiah’s heart that day that made an indelible impact. So-much-so that Josiah tore his royal attire, absorbing the weight of Judah’s collective sin (as well as his own). Scripture does not always tell us what we want to hear but it always tells us what we need to hear. It reminds us of the fundamental differences between divine character and human character. In summary, God’s Word has the power to convict, provided we open our ears, and our hearts, to its words.
2 Chronicles 34:19-20a “When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. He gave these orders to Hilkiah, Ahikam, son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: ‘Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the remnant in Israel and Judah about what is written in this book that has been found…’” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (7/31/2019)