2 Kings 22:8-10 (also 2 Chronicles 34:14-18)
"And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king."

To remind you of the setting, Josiah became king over Judah at the age of 8 around the year 640 BC. Eighty years earlier, the Northern Kingdom of Israel had fallen to Assyria. Josiah was preceded by his evil father Amon, who was assassinated after ruling for only two years. Prior to Amon, the apostate Manasseh reigned for 55 years. Manasseh was one of the most abominable kings in Judah’s history, committing wholesale slaughter, child sacrifices, and setting up idols in the temple.

So, for approximately 57 years the Book of the Law had been missing. It was evidently lost or concealed during Manasseh’s reign, who systematically trespassed its laws. The fact that it was discovered in the temple itself during renovations is quite telling. This Book of Law—likely some part of Deuteronomy—was relegated to scrap and deemed no longer of value.

I cannot help but see the parallel to today. What value do we hold God’s Word in our own society?

We no longer turn to God’s Word in times of trouble—trouble in marriage, trouble with kids, challenges with our jobs, emotional turmoil, medical issues, etc. Recent studies indicate a movement away from regular Bible reading, not just among those not identifying with any religion, but also with those within the Christian community. Why?

Perhaps it has to do with living in a postmodern world where moral relativism has replaced God’s Truth. We are bombarded by media outlets that promote self-sufficiency and a truth that is forever changing, depending upon the circumstances. We’re lost, and most of us don’t care.

The people of Josiah’s time at least had an excuse: the Book of the Law was hidden and not available. Very few would have had copies of the scrolls. Yet, despite the re-energizing of worship by King Josiah, Judah was doomed to fall. God's wrath was upon them for all of the evil perpetrated prior.

Today, Bibles are available everywhere in every kind of format possible, making the sin of neglect even more egregious. Only by the mercy of God have we been spared a similar wrath that Judah faced for turning away from Him. The question is, how much longer will His mercy cover our rebellion? With each passing day, the Bible is losing ground as a moral compass and we are falling further away from God as a society.

I wonder how God must feel when He looks down and sees such an abundance of Bibles, yet so few who find it worthy enough to read?