“Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what 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 truly have heard you, declares the Lord” (2 Kings 22:19).
God’s grace and God’s wrath creates a dynamic tension through the entirety of scripture. Josiah receives the former and Judah the latter. While any attempt by our finite minds to reconcile the mysteries of the faith that belong to God certainly fall short, the consistent portrayal of grace throughout the biblical narrative is to view it as God’s unbroken chain of opportunity for humankind to turn their lives toward him. In contrast, God’s wrath is the final experience of those who refuse to do so; who continually live for themselves. God’s grace is his unlimited offering of mercy to undeserving people. Thus, doesn’t he deserve our best?