And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the
law, that he rent his clothes.  
-- 2 Chronicles 34 verse 19    (Kings James Bible)

    Some things you do not need to see, hearing of them is
    bad enough.  

    Seeing the devastating turmoil and sufferings in the
    lives of others affects the spirit of a tenderhearted
    person, especially when they can do nothing about it.  
    As was the case with Josiah, as he listened, he could
    mentally see the sorrows that were to befall his people,
    family and friends.  Before even seeing any sign of
    God’s impending wrath, his heart was already breaking.  
    Even though the sun was shining and all was well for
    him at that time, he did not wait to see the first dark
    cloud of grief.  As his practice was, he broke down and
    sought God with all of his heart to over turn it.  God
    would spare his eyes only.

    As with Josiah, God is gracious to shield our natural
    eyes from seeing things and events that would
    otherwise wound our spirit too.  Taking the time to build
    and establish a relationship with God founded on love,
    trust and respect well in advance of any peril, sickness
    or sorrow turns into the ultimate blessing to the one that
    does so.  

May God’s Word thoroughly equip your spirit each day.
    -- Sharon Johnson
Word of the Day ... Heard
Saturday, November 1, 2008
For further study and inspiration:
  • Why he only was spared … THE GOODNESS OF JOSIAH
    Review 2 Chronicles 34 verses 1-33

  • 2 Chronicles 34 verses 26-28.
    26.  And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the
    Lord, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel
    concerning the words which thou hast heard;
    27.  Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble
    thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this
    place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself
    before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I
    have even heard thee also, saith the Lord.
    28.  Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be
    gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the
    evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of
    the same. So they brought the king word again.
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