Below is a Daily Dew insight on the advised disposition to take when confronted by the truth, no matter how long you have lived or operated in error.
Now…Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses…Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes. – 2 Chronicles 34:14, 19
The passage above presents us with a scenario; the people of Israel and Judah had lived for so long without a knowledge of the commands of God. They had done things and inter-related the way they thought best for years without recourse to the tenets of God. To them, ignorance was indeed bliss.
Then, out of the blue, a priest stumbled on the Book of the Law, which they read and then realised that they had been living in error for so long and had severally offended God beyond endurance. They saw all the divine injunctions they were meant to live by in black and white as well as the specified retribution for violating them.
Meanwhile, once the contents of the Book of the Law was made known to King Josiah, he became broken and agitated, considering the number of years they had lived in impunity. He immediately sent emissaries to hear from God and make entreaties to Him, so that he and his people would not be consumed by wrath. When God saw his earnestness, He decided to suspend the judgement that was about to fall until later when he (Josiah) would have died.
The attitude of Josiah is our learning point today. His response, when he encountered the truth, was both spontaneous and instantaneous. There is no doubting his sincerity. He wanted to make amends immediately; he wanted to appease God and prevent a divine judgment from pouring upon his people.
The question is how do you respond/react when you are confronted with the truth about any aspect of your life? Do you become earnest enough to change your ways like King Josiah or you are the type that rationalises, excuses, jokes or explains their inabilities away?
You will succeed in Jesus Name!