2 Kings 22:11 – 23:3 (KJV)

11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. 12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe , and Asahiah a servant of the king’s, saying , 13 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found : for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. 14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her. 15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me, 16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read : 17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched . 18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard ; 19 Because thine heart was tender , and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD. 20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again .     

1 And the king sent , and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 2 And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the LORD. 3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.                        

Exodus 20:7 (KJV)

7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.                            

DEVOTION – Ginger Robinson (Texas)

“Ginger, do you love God?” my friend Sherry asked.  “Well yes!  You know I do.”  I was shocked by this question.  Sherry walked with me every day on our breaks, and we talked about our faith and life in general.  We came to know a lot about each other, or at least I thought we did – until I heard this question.  We had talked about the changes we had been through and how God had delivered each of us.

“then why do you constantly take God’s name in vain?”  Just like that, she had let the wind out of my sails.  I accepted the loving admonishment and made a change that very day.  I wasn’t raised to disrespect God in any way, big or small.

King Josiah also knew he needed to make a change.  When a book of the law was found, he had it interpreted by the prophetess Huldah.  The interpretation let him and the people know that they had abandoned God and that God was angry.

Just like Josiah, I began a new relationship with God.  I thanked Sherry that day for pointing out something that I had been too careless or blind to see.  I’ll never forget how much love she showed for me and for God with one simple question.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How do my words express my love for God?

PRAYER: Dear God, you know our hearts and that our desire is to be close to you.  Correct us when we wander from your path.  Amen.