“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 them from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
2 Chronicles 7:14 shows us that if we follow God’s ways that he offers us great things in return. Once we stray away, get bogged down in sin, or turn our back on Him – he STILL offers us a way back to where we belong. In this one simple verse God offers us the answers. If we simply follow His instruction – He offers a promise in return. If we return to what we know is right – he offers healing and forgiveness to our nation. The question that lies before each of us at this point is: What will we do now?
Imagine the response this nation would receive from our Creator if Christians followed these instructions on a daily basis.
We are called to be the salt and light of the world. We are called to show the love of Christ to those around us – not simply in words, but in deeds. We are called to speak the truth with love and to stand strong and confident on the foundation of God’s truth. There are times when doing so requires us to draw a line in the sand and tell the world “This far and no more”. It means standing up for the gospel and the biblical truth of God’s word. It means at times we will face ridicule and attack.
The taller we stand the more the world will push against us. If non-believers saw more Christians stand up for themselves and for the Truth – truly being the salt and the light, then perhaps – just perhaps – it may draw more people into the salvation of Christ.
Our nation is at a crossroads. We as Christians are at a crossroads. It is time to recognize it for what it is, commit to doing what He has called us to do, and be confident in the fact that He will hear us from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land.
Other posts in the “If My People” series:
- Part 1: Breaking Heart
- Part 2: Humble Ourselves
- Part 3: Pray
- Part 4: Seek His Face
- Part 5: Wicked Ways