#3 in the series "Forming A Heart That Invites God's Touch" Out of all of the stubbornness and rebellion and corruption among the people of Judah, we see one person standing out in God's eyes. Just as Isaiah had recorded - "This is the one to whom I will look...." There was one person singled out for special blessing and attention and it all had to do with that person's tender heart to the Word of God. In the midst of total corruption, Josiah had a trembling heart. Josiah never saw any kind of miracle at all. He never saw an angel. All that happens is someone reads a passage from the Scriptures to him. But Josiah can't stand the sense of divine presence as he listens. He drops to his knees. He tears his clothes. He cries his eyes out.
Remember, all of this he does, responding to no more than any one of us hears on any given Sunday. The difference isn't in the manifestation of divine presence. We all like to think we'd be responsive to God were He to speak in an audible voice or visit us with an angel or do something obvious and dramatic. Josiah hears the Bible read out loud - just like we all read together on Sunday morning. Imagine people just dropping to their knees, weeping in contrition and repentance. You see, the difference is in the heart responding to divine presence. So how do we get there?