2 Kings 22:19 Responding To God’s Word

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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 22:19 

Hearing someone is something easy to do and every one can do it. Responding to what a person hears is something different. With as much noise as is going on all around a person, most people do not respond to what they are hearing.

Everywhere a person goes, there are signs saying for people to go the speed limit. Yet, many people do not even try to go the speed limit. Warnings are ignored as people do what they want to do.

They hear what is said, but do not respond to it.

Josiah had become king and followed God. He had the temple restored. In the process of the restoration, the book containing God’s word to the people was found. In it he found out that they had not been following God and God was going to curse and destroy them.

Immediately Josiah tore his robe and began to weep. He realized what they had done was wrong and sought God’s forgiveness. God heard him and held back His anger against the people.

Every Sunday people hear God’s word being preached, yet, many do not respond to it. They think it was a good message…for the other guy…not for themselves. They do not change in any way. They continue to live in sinful ways outside of the church, ignoring what God’s word says.

It is easy to hear what God’s word says, but it takes effort to act upon it, to allow it to change one’s life.

God’s word is alive and active and can change you, if  you allow it. When you hear something God is speaking to you, make the necessary changes. Live according to God’s word.

As a believer, you are to live according to what God desires. If you hear what He is saying and are not doing it, you are disobeying God. Once you hear what He has to tell you, you are responsible to do it. Do not allow God’s word to go in one ear and out the other and never change anything.

God is speaking…are you really listening?

I pray today that you will know what God is saying; that you will act upon God’s word to you; that the Holy Spirit will guide you in what God desires of you; and that God will give you strength to do His will. 

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2 Chronicles 34:19 Reaction To God’s Word

When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. 2 Chronicles 34:18

Josiah had become king of Judah at a very young age, but had followed God his whole life. He led the nation into serving God again by removing all the false idols and temples. He had the priests repair the temple of God. In the process of the repairs, the book of the Law was found. It was read to Josiah. When he heard the words of God, he tore his robes because he knew how the people had turned away from God and the judgement that God was going to bring upon them.

When the world hears God’s word, most will just ignore it or ridicule it. They look at it as some old time religious superstition and do not believe it. This can be expected since they do not know or follow God in any way.

At the same time, there are many Christians who hear the word of God and ignore it. Every Sunday they go to church and hear a sermon preached. Some will just think that the sermon was for the other person, while others will agree to it, but go home and forget about it and not change. The words heard are not applied to one’s life.

When Josiah tore his robes at hearing the word of God, that was a sign of humility and extreme remorse for a wrong being done. He realized the problems that the people had caused and the sin they had done against God.

Each time you hear God’s word there will be a reaction. You will either accept it, or ignore it. The accepting of God’s word is not just accepting it for someone else’s sake, but for your own life.

As you hear God’s word, whether in a sermon, as you read it, or from someone else, you must apply it to your life. When God’s word points out sin in your life, you must repent of that sin and turn back to God. When God’s word points out ways to live for Him, then you must change your ways in how  you live for Him.

Do not allow yourself to remain indifferent to His word. Allow it to change you to be more like Jesus everyday.

What is your reaction to God’s word for you today?

I pray today that you will listen to God’s word; that you will accept God’s word for your life; that you will live according to God’s word; and that you will let God’s word change your life.

2 Kings 22:18-19 A Correct Response

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.