November 9, 2018

2 Kings 22:11–13 (NLT) — 11 When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. 12 Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: 13 “Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.”

The writer of 2 Kings gives major attention to King Josiah’s reaction when the Word of God was read to him. I suppose because in those days acceptance and anguish over the Lord’s word was so rare that it made Josiah’s action so impressive. I certainly would be impressed today if I heard of someone actually trembling at the word of God. It seems as if in America people do anything but tremble at the word of God. If someone tries to correct us with scripture we tend to defend or excuse ourselves.

I guess that is why the attitude of a president like Abraham Lincoln is so impressive. Carl Sandburg in his book: Abraham Lincoln, writes: During the Civil War a committee headed by Owen Lovejoy had urged Lincoln to consider a plan for mingling eastern and western troops and Lincoln, assenting, wrote a note to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton suggesting the same. Lovejoy took the note to Stanton, who asked if Lincoln had given the order. When he was assured of that, Stanton Exclaimed, ‘Then he is a damned fool!’ Lovejoy brought news of Stanton’s reaction back to the White House. ‘Did Stanton say I was a damned fool?, ‘Lincoln asked. ‘He did, sir, and repeated it’ was the reply. The President mused a bit and then said, ‘If Stanton said I was a damned fool then I must be one. For he is nearly always right, and generally says what he means. I will stop over and see him.’

Wow in our day Stanton would have been forced to resign but Lincoln didn’t do that. He received this critical word with meekness.

Well unlike Stanton God is always right and He always says what he means. Will we be like Lincoln and receive the word with meekness? Will we be like Josiah and humble ourselves and tremble at God’s word? Will our humility lead to obedience or will we try to make excuses and defend ourselves?

Psalm 119:61 (NLT) — 61 Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your instructions.

Isaiah 66:2 (NLT) — 2 My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.

Matthew 5:5 (NLT) — 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

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