1Then the king sent, and all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem were gathered to him. 2And the king went up to the house of the LORD, and with him all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and the prophets, all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the LORD. 3And the king stood by the 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 his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant.
Josiah was a rarity among the kings of Judah. His predecessors had gradually led the people away from worshiping God and following His ways. When the Word of God was found during some renovations, Josiah and the people were convicted by the reading of it. This conviction led to a concrete change in their lives. Josiah and the people publicly repented of their ways and made a commitment to follow God’s ways. For those who hear the Word of God, a choice is required. Do you seek to continue to walk in your own ways or ways counter to the ways of God, or do you repent of doing your own thing and follow the One who created you? As for me and my house, we vote for the latter and we invite others to do the same when we have the chance. May God richly bless your steps today as you walk in His way.