Television shows about lawyers and court rooms get me everytime. I hate to admit that I love watching people argue, uncover the truth, and operate within the confines of the law to expose it. One of the tactics I’ve watched lawyers use is burying information. If they don’t want the other side to find a damaging document, they will hide it obscurely in ten boxes of paperwork hoping the sheer volume of information will keep its contents buried.
As I read in 2 Kings this week, I found a time when God’s message was buried. King Josiah ordered temple repairs and during the renovations, some scrolls were discovered. While scholars debate about the exact contents of these documents – most agree it was something from the books of Moses, possibly Deuteronomy.
When the priest Hilkiah discovered it, he showed it to the king. Josiah then clearly realized all the nation had been doing to anger the Lord – specifically their idols and their failure to observe God’s laws. Immediately, Josiah began
- Clearing out the altars to pagan gods and the Asherah poles
- Restoring the priests and practices God outlined in His Word
- Making plans to celebrate the Passover and other observances God instructed
- Getting rid of mediums and psychics who led people into witchcraft and divination
Then 2 Kings 23:25 says this of Josiah, “Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.”
Today, God’s Word isn’t buried in a temple where we can’t find it. However, it does get buried under all the information that bombards us each day. Ads, social media, mail, television, magazines, and even blogs like this one… Amidst all the messages, God’s truth can get buried like crucial information the enemy doesn’t want us to discover.
As we strive to obey God, where do we see His truths getting buried in our lives? Like Josiah, we need to do some spiritual house cleaning.
- Is there any idolatry God is calling us to tear down?
- Are there any people or spiritual practices that need to be restored?
As we seek to know and love God, let’s be careful that His Word doesn’t get buried underneath all the other information. Some things that God has called me to do lately:
- Spend time in His Word and in prayer before reading anything else (blogs, social media, emails).
- Reserve television for the weekends only. (I have a tendency to overdo it!)
These are my own personal leadings in trying to keep God’s message from getting buried in my life. What might He be calling you to do to keep a relationship with Him on the top of the pile? Spend a few moments listening for anything He might be saying to you….