As we continue our project of reading through the Bible in two years we come to the book of
2 Kings. I trust you’ve found this project as helpful as I have. Much of what I’m reading is familiar. But re-reading it has highlighted some things I’ve either forgotten or not seen before.
Reading 2 Kings reminds me that the Bible is our map and mandate for life. It’s as D.L. Moody once said, “Sin will keep you from the Bible. The Bible will keep you from sinning.” Israel’s history as recorded in 2 Kings vividly illustrates this.
As bright shining lights Elisha, Hezekiah, and Josiah brake through the dismal scene of Israel’s road to ruin. Even though the tide of sin was against them, they stood alone for what was right. How? By making God’s Word the map and mandate for their lives. This is God’s answer for our need when confronted or opposed by evil. Therefore, delight yourself in the Bible and meditate on what it says day and night (Psalm 1:2). Hide its truth in your heart and you will be kept from sinning against God (Psalm 119:11).
Also, pray that in our churches there might be a strong emphasis on reading and studying the Bible. Pray that God would anoint pastors and Bible teachers to speak with conviction and authority from God’s Word. Then pray that God’s people would approach Bible study and church gatherings with the attitude expressed by Cornelius in Acts 10:33, “We are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”