Family Bible Study Lesson for July 7- God Wants Me to Do What-s Right
June 14 2002 by James Baldwin , 2 Kings 22:1-2,11-13,18-20; 23:21-25

Family Bible Study Lesson for July 7: God Wants Me to Do What's Right | Friday, June 14, 2002

Friday, June 14, 2002

Family Bible Study Lesson for July 7: God Wants Me to Do What's Right

By James Baldwin 2 Kings 22:1-2,11-13,18-20; 23:21-25

Occasionally, in cleaning the church on Monday mornings, our custodian will find a Bible that has been left behind. We call the name embossed on the cover to tell the person we found his/her Bible. If the person is someone I know well, I may wait a few days before calling.

"Tell me," I will ask, "How's your quiet time been this week?"

I am shocked by how many people have not even realized their Bible is missing. It causes me to wonder how often a Bible is read when it can be lost at church for days or even weeks at a time.

The Scripture passage for this lesson tells a horrifying tale of a Bible lost at church. Unfortunately it was the only Bible in the church. I encourage you to read through these two chapters and observe how far we can stray from God's will when we are not living in accordance with the word of God.

A Righteous king (2 Kings 22:1-2) The Bible records that Josiah "did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David."

Remember that Josiah was only eight years old when he assumed the throne of Judah. He had never seen a Bible, nor ever heard the Bible read.

How then did he know how to live a righteous life?

The Bible testifies that some people "show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them" (Rom. 2:15).

We are judged by what we know, not by what we do not know (Rom. 2:12). Josiah did have the example of King David to follow as a man after God's own heart. Following in the footsteps of David helped Josiah remain on the path of righteousness.

Have you considered who might be following in your footsteps?

Wallace Norwood wrote a poem that includes this verse:

You are writing each day a letter to men;

Take care that the writing is true.

It's the only gospel some people may read,

This gospel according to you.

A Repentant king (2 Kings 22:11-13, 18-20) Once the Bible had been found and read, Josiah realized how disobedient the people of Judah had been. Overcome with remorse, Josiah tore his robes and wept before God.

He began immediately to take steps to align the lifestyle of God's people with God's word.

True repentance always involves a change of direction.

There have been numerous times I have found myself driving on the wrong road. One time, on my way to a ski slope in West Virginia, I came upon a sign announcing: "Bristol, Tennessee - 15 miles." I was sickened to realize I had spent the last hour on the wrong road. None of my moaning and apologizing, however, got me any closer to where I wanted to be. It was only by turning the car around and going in the opposite direction that I finally reached my destination.

A poster in a local high school office tells the truth: "God allows U-turns."

An obedient king (2 Kings 23:21-25) Chapter 23 details the extent to which Josiah made corrections in order to be obedient to God. He removed altars and idols and "all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem."

Before God can use us, we must become vessels fit for Him.

Avery Willis tells of a group of missionaries in Indonesia who became burdened over the lack of response to their work. Finally, during an extended season of prayer, God spoke to the group; "I cannot work in this place because I have no clean vessels to use."

The missionaries fell before God in confession and repentance. Within months a revival began that resulted in thousands coming to trust Christ as Savior and Lord.

Josiah continued his quest for righteousness by observing Passover in accordance with the word of God.

We cannot be content to discontinue sinful practices: We must also do those things God has required of us.

Obedience to God is a sign of how much we love Him. (John 14:23).

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