That Recurring Melody

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 34:19-28


Like a recurring melody in classical music, we have repeatedly heard the theme of humility in 2 Chronicles. Remember, God announced way back in chapter 7 that the steps to revival required that God’s people “. . . humble themselves and pray and seek my face . . . “ This is what King Josiah did, and God blessed him because of it.

But, what does it mean to “humble oneself”? First, it means to respond to God; to live and act and think as though you know God is with you and watching over you, because He is. Verse 27 links these two ideas together for it says that Josiah’s “heart was responsive” and he humbled himself before God.

Second, it means to turn away from things like pride and arrogance. Paul wrote in Romans: “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought . . . “

Third, to be humble means to know that all we have is from God. The person who believes he or she doesn’t need anyone’s help is not humble but proud and independent. The humble person knows that we didn’t create, earn, invent, or make anything. God gave us all we are and have.

Fourth, to humble oneself is to be sorry for sin. Have you learned this melody and is it a recurring theme in your life?


O Lord, my God, You are everything. Without You and apart from You, I am nothing. Help me to live with humility. In Jesus’ name. Amen.