“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
During the time of King Josiah of Judah, the nation of Judah went through a period of reformation. Josiah did right in the sight of the lord. He was different from a lot of his predecessors as he made sincere efforts to repair the house of the lord and during that time Hilkiah, the high priest, found the book of the law (The word of God) which was hidden for a long time. He brought it to the king and when the king read it, he tore his clothes. He realises that the kings before him did not follow the commandments of the Lord and the people went astray as the word of God was hidden for many years. He made the word of God known to all the people of Judah, and what followed was a great reformation in Judah with people putting aside idols and cults. When the word of God was revealed, there was a reformation. (Refer 2 Kings 22-23) Another reformation took place many centuries later when the Church was in darkness and the culture of idol worship was very much in the church. Again by the efforts of many great men of God like Tyndale, Wycliffe and Luther, the word of God was powerfully revealed which led to the reformation of the church. In the light of these two reformations, let us look at the need of our personal reformation. The context is different during both of these reformations, but the content was the same and it is still the same. Unlike those times, we nowadays have such great privilege of having God’s word in our personal Bibles. But many times even with such availability, the lives of many Christians are not reformed because the word of God has not been realised. Every Christian needs to be reformed time and again. The word of God should not be kept in homes as an unused religious asset but should be read every single day so that it reforms the heart and renews our commitment to God. The revelation of the word and obedience to that revelation will help us to put away the unwanted idols inside us, like how it helped the people of Judah to throw away the idols. David says in Psalms 119:11 “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you”. When the word was hidden in darkness, people went astray. When the word was hidden in David’s hearts, his path was set straight. Let His word be revealed everyday in our lives so that we are reformed each new day.