Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah an official of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God. They came to Hilkiah the high priest and delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the doorkeepers , had collected from Manasseh and Ephraim, and from all the remnant of Israel, and from all Judah and Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Then they gave it into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of the Lord, and the workmen who were working in the house of the Lord used it to restore and repair the house. They in turn gave it to the carpenters and to the builders to buy quarried stone and timber for couplings and to make beams for the houses which the kings of Judah had let go to ruin. The men did the work faithfully with foremen over them to supervise: Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites of the sons of Merari, Zechariah and Meshullam of the sons of the Kohathites, and the Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments. They were also over the burden bearers, and supervised all the workmen from job to job; and some of the Levites were scribes and officials and gatekeepers. When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law of the Lord given by Moses. Hilkiah responded and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. Then Shaphan brought the book to the king and reported further word to the king, saying, “Everything that was entrusted to your servants they are doing. “They have also emptied out the money which was found in the house of the Lord, and have delivered it into the hands of the supervisors and the workmen.” Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest gave me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the King.

2 Chronicles 34:8-18

Have you ever felt yourself drifting from God? Are there seasons where you sense that you have stopped growing in your spiritual journey? I would imagine that every Christian experiences those times in life. We want to follow Christ and grow in our faith. Yet, we stall out and seem to even slip backwards at time. Whatever are we to do?

This Scripture gives us a guide to how we can get back on track when our spiritual maturity is stunted. We will examine this passage over the next couple of weeks to determine how we, as God’s people, can reignite our passion for Christ.

Josiah came to the throne at a time of spiritual decay in Judah. Even the temple, the symbol of God’s presence had fallen into disarray and disrepair. The King gave the command to repair and restore the temple. And the priests and leaders did rehabilitate the temple. In that process, they found the book of the Law that had been neglected by past kings. It is at this point of the account that we are given our first principle for personal revival.

Personal renewal requires a rediscovery of the Word of God. King Josiah read the words of the Lord and was convicted in his heart. He know that the people had not be observing and following God’s commands. He repented at the reading of the Law.

The process is the same for us. When we drift from God, let us remember the importance of Scripture. Spiritual decay and bible neglect often go hand in hand. Renew your commitment to study the Bible. Read and study it when you feel like it and when you don’t. Make the pledge to prioritize Scripture reading each day.

Rediscovering the Word of God is the first step to personal renewal.  May God richly bless as you study the Scriptures this week.

Tony French

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