Your heart was responsive and you humbled 2 Kings 22:19-20

2 Kings 22:19-20 “Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD . . . Therefore I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place‘”

In this chapter we read the story of a young boy king who is choosing to go a different direction than his father and grandfather before him.

His immediate family tree was not full of spiritual models for him to follow.

Josiah’s dad, Amon, was an idolater.
Josiah’s grandfather, Manasseh, was also an idolater.

Unusually, this young boy came to the throne at eight years of age. This was because of the assassination of his father.

In the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign, when he was only 26 years old, a temple renovation project was in progress.

It was during this work that the high priest found the book of the law of the Lord.

As the scripture was read before Josiah, he rented his clothes recognizing God’s wrath was about to come upon His people.

The king’s reaction was complete humility and heartfelt sorrow for the past violations of God’s Word.

What made Josiah different?
His tender heart!!!!!!!!!!!

The Bible teaches us that God pours out His grace on the humble, and to this end He uses the least among us.

The humility of a child made King to submit to the will of God above his own.
The humility of seeking the instructions of the Lord and not trusting in our own logic.

The humility to receive the instructions and words.

The humility of repentance, and
the humility of obedience
……………. that saved a generation lost.

As we see in Josiah’s life, he was readily obedient to the Lord’s Word, in James 1:22–25, James also confirms that faithfulness to God brings blessing.

Are we humble and submissive to God’s Word, allowing it to transform us by the power of the Spirit?
Or do we find ourselves resistant and rebellious, clinging to the idols in our life?

Just as Josiah’s temple renewal project uncovered the Book of the Law, let the Spirit dig out the depths of our heart through His powerful Word.
Jooley Mathew Z