ďBecause your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord...Ē 2 Kings 22:19
King Josiah was a good king, the word tells us that he walked in the ways of the Lord all the days of his life; following after the pattern of king David. Under Josiah, the work to repair the temple was well under way when a book of the law was found containing the revelation of God through Moses, probably the Torah. The scroll was read aloud to the king and immediately his response was remorse and repentance. When King Josiah heard the law of God he took charge. Hearing brought conviction, Godís desires, having not been met brought sorrow and regret, causing the one with a heart after God to act.
Godís word remains the same whether I hear it or not; therefore, let me be wise to know for myself what it has to say about life and living it accordingly. For many years I heard the word without the immediate reaction, as did King Josiah. I wanted to know God, but my slow obedience to what I heard and read became my down fall. Slow obedience is really disobedience and it will intercept and hold back all of Godís blessings. My first reaction to Godís word might sting at first because its not always easy to obey, but I must not allow the initial pain to distract me from obedience. My struggle is a signal that I need to spend time with the Father; in prayer, in conversation, being filled with His Spirit, otherwise, I sink into the miry clay of disobedience.
Lessons, learn the hard way can do the trick and get our undivided attention, but the ďtricksĒ will always leave us desperate, and broken, lonely, and lost. Our obedience will require a life of sacrifice, but what Iíve learned about God is that He loves to greatly reward those who obey Him.
Lord, thank you for teaching me the ups and downs of why I donít want to disobey you ever again! But when I do, grant me a heart of sorrow and immediate regret. Let my struggle draw me into your presence, kicking and screaming, if need be. For a life without you is no life at all.