2 Kings 22:19 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.
Pride shows itself as an unyielding adversary of a tender heart. A prideful heart remains hard and obstinate toward the things of the Lord. According to scripture, such a heart is stubborn and self-willed. However, those who choose to humble themselves actually tenderize their heart so that God can work according to His purpose and will. The humbled heart does not focus on whether the outcome looks good, nor does it focus upon who receives credit for a certain act. Today’s passage reveals Josiah accepting the coming judgment, repenting by rending his clothes, and weeping before the Lord. The Lord heard his servant’s plea. Yet, Josiah’s tender heart kept him from complaining or arguing with the Lord concerning God’s looming judgment.
- (For children): A friend speaks ugly to you for no reason and you respond harshly. Then God reminds you to “Keep thy tongue from evil” (Psalm 34:13). You tell your friend you are sorry. When you submit to what God tells you to do, you display a tender heart.
- (For everyone): Do you gripe and complain about the things taking place in your life? How do you handle bad news? Do you submit yourself to the Lord’s will and cry out to Him for help?
- When is the last time you sincerely wept before the Lord? When is the last time you were moved of the Lord to prayer because of something you read in His word?
- Ask God to help you humble yourself before Him.
- Ask the Lord to help you submit to His will for your life.
Song: I Surrender All