"Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord,
when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof,
that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept
before me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord." (2 Kings 22:19)
Many despise warning and perish. Happy is he who trembles at the Word of God. Josiah did
so, and he was spared the sight of the evil which the Lord determined to send upon Judah
because of her great sins. Have you this tenderness? Do you practice this
self-humiliation? Then you also shall be spared in the evil day. God sets a mark upon the
men that sigh and cry because of the sin of the times.
The destroying angel is commanded to keep his sword in its sheath till the elect of God
are sheltered: these are best known by their godly fear and their trembling at the Word of
the Lord. Are the times threatening? Does infidelity advance with great strides, and do
you dread national chastisement upon this polluted nation? Well you may. Yet rest in this
promise: "Thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace: and thine eyes shall not
see all the evil which l will bring upon this place." Better still, the Lord Himself
may come, and then the days of our mourning shall be ended.