2 Chronicles 7:14 (ASV): if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
As a country, we are not seeking God. Many have fallen for the countless lies that come from the evil one and the desires of the world that we live in. We are told by the world that we should be tolerant, understanding, and respectful of the views and beliefs of others. However, when Christians begin to talk about our views and beliefs, we are attacked and ridiculed for our values and principles. This passage from 2 Chronicles reminds us that we must first “humble” ourselves and realize that we are all sinners. 1 John 1:8 (NIV): If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. For me personally, I am going to take a deep breath and confess to God my sinfulness, and get myself right with God. That is the first step for all of us before we go around pointing fingers and casting judgment on others.
Then I am going to pray, pray, and continue to pray for our country and for every person in our country. God has established, through His Holy Word, the manner in which we should live our lives as a person that was created by God. God’s intentions for how we are to live our lives are crystal clear and there is not a court or a political leader that can redefine that. God always has been, continues to, and will eternally be in control of this world that we live in.
As Christians, we must seek the “face” of God through daily prayers and the continued reading of God’s Holy Word. Psalm 27:8 (ESV): You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” We must begin to seek God every day and to pray for the healing of our nation. We must pray that people will “turn from their wicked ways” and live a righteous and holy life that pleases and honors God’s design for human beings. If Christians will continue to do this on a daily basis we can have hope that God will work in the hearts and minds of those that are “lost” and help them to “turn from their wicked ways.”
Will you dedicate yourself to pray for our nation and for the healing of our land on a daily basis?
Ezekiel 22:30 (ASV): And I sought for a man among them, that should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
God will not be mocked. Even well intentioned Christians, who make light of God raining down judgment upon our nation, are on shaky ground. There is not a person on earth who has the understanding or the right to say what God will or will not do. God is sovereign and He has already decided what needs to be done to get our attention focused squarely back upon Him.
Paul’s advice to Timothy is good advice for all of us who believe in God and his charge to those of us who belong to Him. As Christians, we are called to bring the “lost” to the saving knowledge of Christ. All of us who are followers of Christ have this duty, especially in light of the events of recent days.
2 Timothy 4: 1-5 (NIV): In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Please join me in continued prayer for our nation and for God’s forgiveness and healing.