Tender and Humbled. God will comfort you.
Tender and Humbled. God will comfort you. Josiah was described as tender and humbled. Does this describe you?
At first glance, it would appear the Josiah, who was tender [rakak] and humbled [kana], was being exemplary and righteous. Yet, these two words are used elsewhere with negative connotations. It is clear that Josiah was being penitent. His soul was in pain. Have you ever mourned for your sin? If, so you will be comforted by God. Know that you are heard by God.
In Isaiah 66:2, God declared that His eyes are on those who are poor and contrite. Jesus taught that the poor in spirit are blessed (Matt 5:3). Peter wrote that when we humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, He will exalt us in due time. Are you resisting the humbling of God? Are you poor in spirit? When you live like this, you can be certain that God’s eyes are affectionately watching you. God blesses the poor in spirit and comforts those who mourn.
“But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, in this manner you shall speak to him, Thus says the LORD God of Israel: Concerning the words which you have heard—because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you, says the LORD.” (2Chr 42:27; 2Kin 22:19)
“For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist, says the LORD.
But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit [nakeh=stricken, maimed],
and who trembles at My word.” (Isa 66:2)
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matt 5:4)
Reading: 2Chr 32-34; Rom 6