Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you hear: Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people–that they would become a curse and be laid waste–and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.’ ” 2 Kings 22:18-19
Josiah had become king at the age of eight. When he was 26, he had the temple rebuilt. As it was being rebuilt they found the book of the Law of Moses. The book was read to him, and he heard all that God had promised would happen to them if they did not follow Him. Immediately he tore his robe in a sign of submission and repentance to God for the sins that they, as a nation had committed. God had heard his response and seen his heart. God then tells Josiah that He will not bring that disaster upon the nation until after he dies.
Hearing good information or advice is good, but does not do any good if a person does not act upon it correctly. There are warnings everywhere on the dangers of drunk driving, yet people go out, get drunk and drive every day.
Everyone sees the speed limit signs all along the road and know that if they get caught speeding, they will get a ticket, yet, many will still speed down the road.
Doctors give people warnings about their health and how they should live. Some will follow the advice, while many ignore it and bring on more health problems in their life.
In the church, many believers hear the word of God being spoken every Sunday. Some may even read the Bible a little every day. Very few, however, actually act upon what they hear. Most will think that it was a good word…for the other person. Others will think it is a great word for themselves, but will not do anything about it.
The correct response to hearing God’s word is to act upon it, make a change according to what was heard.
Josiah had heard of the sins against God. He repented and wept over those sins, even though he, himself, had not done any of them. He repented for the people.
Have you heard God speak something in your life? Has the Bible come alive and God spoke something to you?
If it has, then how have you responded?
Do not let the word of God go in one ear and out the other. Do not let His word just be some more noise in your life. Let it be alive and powerful. Act upon what you have heard. When you do that, you are loving and serving God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. You will be bringing honor to God and showing that in your life. You will have a correct response.
I pray today that you will hear God’s word for your life; that you will humble your heart to act upon God’s word; that you will obey God’s word; and that you will live your life for God.