Cascade

The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan, “I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD.” Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it. 2nd book of Kings 22:8

It’s like the domino effect.

In my line of work, electric power systems operations and planning, one small disturbance can create a cascading effect on the whole electric grid if not prevented or eliminated. A small change in one parameter in the system will provide what would we call oscillations in the steady stability of the power network. The result of this maybe insignificant unwarranted event if not mitigated can be catastrophic and may lead to outage of electric power to several large areas. Most often, engineers predict these events so as to stop the occurrence of gigantic proportions of blackouts. In a sense, this small change may impact a larger scale of the system.

I’m pretty sure Hilkiah, the high priest, is not an engineer but he well understood this line of thinking. He did one small step toward changing a whole kingdom. He gave the law of the LORD to Shaphan and from there it changed the lives of people living in their times. Shapan gave and read the book to the king, after which the king gave instructions further on how the kingdom can go deeply into the law of God,  “Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.” 2 Kings 22:13.

One simple small act of spreading God’s word changed their kingdom. Note that there was no preaching conference. There was no tent meeting. No shouting with mere eloquence. No wisdom imparted with words juggled to amuse the listener. Just the words of God at work.

We can do this. You can do this. Share God’s word is your own small ways. A bible verse sticker on your car. Bible verses posted in your family room or your office cubicle. An encouragement to your lowly colleague. A good word for the family member felling bad. Donate to the ministry spreading free bible anywhere else.

There is power in the word of God. No speech from a human can augment that. No organized event can add to that. With a simple action, that power will change lives. And this power will not be eliminated nor mitigated. The power of God’s words will roll, will cascade.

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