“Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, tore your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the Lord. – 2 Chronicles 34:27
Listening to God makes all the difference in our lives. It can even save your life, as with King Josiah. Listening to God can save your marriage, your friendships, and your health! It is serious business! How well do you listen to God? Do you make the effort to read His Word daily?
King Josiah was a very godly king who brought all Israel back to God and celebrated the Passover again. As we read above, the king heard God’s Word and acted on it. But later in life King Josiah died in battle because he didn’t listen to the word of the Lord through the Egyptian king: “But Josiah did not turn back from him; he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo” (2 Chronicles 35:22 NET ).
You probably will not die in battle if you don’t take God’s Word seriously. But you will suffer in other ways. We must take God and His Word seriously—it impacts everything we do. Do you see your need to read His word and apply it to your life? Then you too will please God like King Josiah.
Nobody makes me read the Bible every day. I want to hear from God! He loves me and has made me holy in Christ; therefore I cherish my time with Him! I take His Word seriously. Do you?