Words from the Heart for Saturday April 13th, 2019
[King Josiah] went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord.
2 Kings 23:2 (NIV)
Hearing All the Words
Hearing loss is an important health concern which is often unrecognized and undertreated. Hearing loss can have many emotional and social consequences including social isolation, depression, safety issues, mobility limitations, and reduced income and employment opportunities. In children and youth, there is evidence that hearing loss negatively affects academic performance and language development needed for classroom learning and vocational achievement. Audiometry results from the 2012 to 2015 Canadian Health Measures Survey indicate that 40% of adults aged 20 to 79 had at least slight hearing loss in one or both ears.
We live in a day when the reading of God’s word has fallen into decline. Even among those who call themselves God’s people, the reading of God’s word on a regular basis has fallen precipitously. There is a price to pay for this and it is a high price. Sin increases, lives and families disintegrate, and culture suffers as people don’t know what God’s standards are. This is nothing new. The people of Israel had stopped following the Lord until a young king named Josiah was crowned. Things were so bad that Temple worship had ceased years before. Josiah called his people back to the Lord and 2 Kings 23:2 says that King Josiah “went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord.” It is not too late in our day for God’s people to turn back to God’s Word. Pick up your Bible and get reading.
These have been words from the heart.