v 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.
This chapter is the record of the rediscovery of the Book of the Law when the Temple in Jerusalem was being renovated during the reign of King Josiah. The court Secretary, Shaphan, was given the task of reading the ancient documents to the King. Josiah was horrified when he realised just how far the nation had strayed from keeping God’s law, and as leader he mourned over the sinfulness of the people. Today reflect on the words that describe the King’s reaction: You were sorry and humbled yourself before the Lord … You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. As a result the prophetess Huldah was able to give the King a message of hope, You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city. (v 20)
Do you feel that way about sin in your own life? Will you humble yourself?