One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Chronicles 7:14. It calms my heart every time I hear a new report of violence, shooting, terrorism, election rhetoric, job loss, sickness… I fully believe that God can do what He says He can do. In this verse, He gives us the privilege of knowing what He will do if we follow His command.
If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We are His people, called by His name. He wants us to humble ourselves, to remember that we are not God. We cannot do anything without Him.
We are to pray. That’s the one thing He desires most by those called His. He wants us to communicate with Him. He really doesn’t care how. He simply wants to hear from us.
We are to seek His face. Every nuance of facial expression tells the listener what the speaker intends. Since all scripture is God’s (2 Timothy 3:16) it stands to reason that He wants us to know His word. Unless we know His word we cannot know what is sinful or in the words of this verse, wicked.
Once these are part of our life fabric we can expect some really powerful things to happen. Remember, God can do what He says He can do.
First, He will hear us. Is your prayer for healing…He hears it. Is your prayer for no more violence…He hears it. Is your prayer for forgiveness…He hears it. No matter what our prayer is, if we are humble, turn away from our sins, and seek His guidance HE HEARS IT!
Second, He will forgive our wickedness, our sins, any way we fall short. It really doesn’t matter to Him how big or small our sin is, He can and will forgive it.
Then, He says, “(I) will heal their land.” With our country in the condition it’s in, with families falling apart, with trust at an all-time low, with… He will heal this land.
It’s definitely time to get on our knees, to humble ourselves, and to pray (fervently) for his forgiveness and healing. He, alone, can do what no human can. He, alone, can forgive. We can totally trust Him. He loves us!
Blessings to you and yours!
Check out this beautiful song that uses the words of this scripture. (Just click on the picture.)