This week’s story of Josiah shows how God blesses the humble. Let’s think about it. Have you ever wanted to spend a lot of time with a person who is filled with pride? Most people find these kinds of people repulsive and will try to avoid them as they go about their daily lives. Prideful people will put themselves ahead of God.
On the other side of the coin, people who are humble are wonderful people to be around. Humble people are easy to be around and make great friends, neighbors, or co-workers and they also are willing to put God first. Humble means: not proud or not believing that you are important.
Josiah Humbled Himself before God
Josiah was the King of Judah when the book of the law was discovered in the temple. The book of the law is the first five books of the Bible. Because Judah had drifted far from the Lord, His word had been lost. Then something happened. While they were repairing the temple, the book of the law was discovered. The King soon discovered that they were not following God’s law and he quickly humbled himself before the Lord asking for forgiveness.
2 Kings 22:18 “But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the Lord and tell him: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: 19 You were sorry and humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the Lord. 20 So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city.’
God Helps Us Become Humble
Perhaps you are struggling with pride and the Lord is calling you to humble yourself. How can we grow in humility? Humility really begins with our relationship with the Lord. Ask the Lord for humility. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He guides you. Each person is different, and God’s plan is unique for each of us.
Jesus is the Model of Humility
The greatest act of humility in the history of the universe occurred when Jesus Christ came to earth to die on the cross of Calvary. And before any person can get to heaven, they must kneel at the foot of the cross and acknowledge they are a sinner. We must admit we have broken the Ten Commandments of God, and that we need the grace of the Lord in Christ.
No man can come proudly to the Savior. Jesus humbled himself and gave his life for you because He loves you more than you will ever know and wants you to come to Him in faith. To hear how God blesses the humble, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/seeking-the-lord-changes-my-life-josiah