2 Kings 22:19-20, “ Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord.  Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.”
This passage of Scripture has Huldah the prophetess speaking to the Hilkiah the priest. King Josiah had sent Hilkiah to enquirer of the Lord for him. The prophetess told Hilkiah to tell Kings Josiah that he would not see any of the evil that God was going to bring upon the land (because of its wickedness).
Why wouldn’t Josiah see any of this wickedness. There were two reasons. He had a tender heart and he humbled himself. Our nation and world today needs people who will have a tender heart and humble themselves. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “ If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” The only hope that our country has is for the people of God to have a tender heart, humble themselves, and seek the Lord. That is what Josiah did, and he was able to escape the evil that the nation had brought upon himself.
Let us focus on doing the three things that Josiah did. Let us have a tender heart toward God. Let us humble ourselves before God. I Peter 5:5 states, “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” Lastly, let us seek the Lord in everything that we do. Doing these three, will help us avoid the consequences of an evil life.
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