I’ve been going through 2 Kings in the One Year Bible, and today I read the account of King Josiah of Judah. Josiah was one bright shining light among many dark years of evil rule. The Bible tells us that he followed the Lord like no one before or after him, so great was his zeal. He removed all of the high places, the Asherah poles, the temples to false gods, and he completely routed all of the false prophets from Judah. What prompted these actions, when so many kings before him did nothing? One of Josiah’s servants found the book of the law. The book of the law which had not been read for many, many years. The book of the law that no doubt sat in a dusty corner, hidden from sight, removed from the collective memory of God’s people. The book of the law that God wrote for His people, so they could know Him and know His ways and follow Him only.
It was this book that Josiah heard read, and his response changed Judah. As soon as the reading of the book of the law concluded, Josiah tore his clothes in grief, so stricken was he at how God’s people had forgotten God and His commands and promises. He read the entire book to all of Judah and made a covenant with the Lord that he would follow God only all the days of his life. He ordered the people to observe Passover, for the first time since a kingship had been instituted, and he commenced with destruction of all places devoted to false gods. During the years of Josiah’s reign, Judah sought the Lord. All they needed was a reminder. A reminder of who God is, what He can do, what He expects of His people. And all we need is to remember. Remember who God is, what He has done and can do, what He expects of us, His people. How do we remember? We must constantly have His Word in our hearts and on our minds. We must constantly study this Word, remembering all of the glorious things He has done, remembering that He is the Lord, and He changes not.
Psalm 9:10 says, “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, O Lord, never forsake those who seek You.” God’s name is who He is. It is His character, His revelation of Himself. All that He does is done to reveal this character, to spread His glory. So many times in the Old Testament I read the words, “Then you will know that I am the Lord.” The Lord wants us to know Him, to see Him truly, and all He does is to reveal Himself. Are we watching? Are we listening? Are we remembering?
When we know Him intimately, how can we do anything but follow Him and trust Him?
“Then you will know that I am the Lord.” Let us not forget.