II Chron. 34:31 The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the LORD’s presence. He pledged to obey the LORD by keeping all his commands, regulations, and laws with all his heart and soul. He promised to obey all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll.
King Josiah ruled in Judah. He was a godly king. The times were tough and God had declared that He was going to bring judgment down on Judah because of all their sins. It was an impending judgment and Josiah took it to heart and went to the Temple of the Lord. He responded the only way one should respond when he is exposed to God’s Word; he made a personal commitment to believe it and obey it.
So often we hear with our ears, but not with our hearts. We claim to believe what we hear, but we don’t live it. Josiah determined in his heart that he was going to keep all of God’s commandments with all his heart and soul. Think about it. How much of God’s Word are we committed to keeping? Do we just embrace some of the Word or do we embrace all of it? Do we dismiss or explain away those parts we are uncomfortable with? Do we interpret the Word through the filter of our living, or is our living filtered through the Word?
We can’t have it our way and still keep all of God’s Word. God’s Word changes our hearts and lifestyles. In order to be right with God, we must live under the authority of His Word. We must be totally committed to letting the Lord have His way with us. It’s all or nothing with the Lord.
Do you need to renew your covenant with the Lord to love Him with all of your heart, mind and soul, to embrace His Word in your heart and live it, to serve Him and be a witness for Him in the world? If so, do it now before the window of opportunity closes for you.