Pastor Tim Romero
2 Kings 22:18-20
2 Kings 22:18–20 (ESV): "18 But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, 19 because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. 20 Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place.' " And they brought back word to the king."
The judgment of God doesn't affect those who are genuinely repentant and who humble themselves before our holy God. Thankfully Christ took the wrath of our sin so those who trust in Him can live at peace with God.
When Hilkiah found the book of the law he gave it to Shaphan the secretary who then read it to King Josiah. When the king heard the words of the law he tore his clothes and asked that they inquire of the Lord. God told him that because the people had gone after idols for so long and were not repentant that they would suffer captivity. However, because Josiah was a righteous man before the Lord he would not see this judgment.
Like Josiah, those in Christ are not destined to wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess 5:9). Jesus paid the price for our sin and thus we will never see God's wrath in our days because it has been satisfied upon the Cross. May we keep our hearts in a state of penitence and remain humble before our God. Be thankful for the grace which we have received through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Father, thank You for sparing us from Your wrath. We recognize we deserve it but that Your Son drank every drop on our behalf. May this thought keep us in a constant state of repentance and humility before you. Grieve our hearts with what grieves Yours we pray in Jesus name, amen.