2 Kings 22:5
And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,
Oftentimes we’ll drive past some old dilapidated buildings. Dingy with broken windows and a crumbling facade, they aren’t very nice to look at. An old building left in disrepair will eventually fall apart and have to be torn down completely. These buildings were once pristine and new, but neglect brought them to ruin. They become eyesores, taking up space, with little value or purpose.
The nation of Israel had been neglecting proper upkeep of the temple. There were supposed to be workers, materials and money set aside to ensure that the temple was preserved in good condition, but it hadn’t been maintained properly. The temple mirrored the spiritual state of the people, who were worshiping idols and neglecting the ways and commands of God. And during Josiah’s time as king, he turned his attention to the long-neglected temple in order to restore it to its former glory.
Maybe it’s time to repair the breaches in our own lives. Maybe our spiritual life has become like one of those old condemned buildings on the brink of being leveled. Maybe we’ve let areas crumble and fall into disrepair. Perhaps there are holes or gaps in some area of our lives where there was once a strong and sturdy wall. Maybe we’ve let something slide for too long and are left with broken pieces all around. It’s not too late to gather the materials, to summon workers, to spend the time and effort to rebuild and repair the breaches.
Our relationship with God requires continual upkeep, just like our homes and buildings all around us. Materials wear down over time. They get old and fall apart. But if we are diligent to make small repairs and fixes as we go, we won’t get to the point of a total loss, ready for the wrecking ball. We may just need a new roof, a coat of paint, some mortar in the bricks to fill in the gaps. Let’s not neglect our spiritual lives. Let’s maintain them with due diligence and avoid having them fall into disrepair. We can get out the tools of prayer and the Word of God and repair the breaches in our lives. God will help us get back on the right track as we turn our hearts wholly to Him.