“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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14
I love it when things are just so simple. When they are outlined perfectly and all we have to do is follow simple steps. Okay, Okay, I know I am not telling it like it really is, I am a man. I don’t stop for directions and I don’t read the instructions before putting things together. The answer to your obvious question of, How is that working out for me, well generally speaking I ride around lost weaving in and of streets trying to find the right address, and yes I generally have a couple of bolts, one or two useless washers, and few other items left over after the assembly of my latest and greatest purchase. This certainly is not the best way to look for a new place nor is it the best way to assemble a new purchase. Think about it, the company spent several thousand dollars to develop and provide step-by-step instructions so the product can be built as designed. That is the key, built by design. You and I have been built by design. And Jesus spent His life making sure we had the correct instructions, perfectly arranged. God has given us the instructions and it is full of steps to follow. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God tells us how we can have our land healed. First, we must make sure we are His people. Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so are you called by His name? That’s right when people call on you do they think of Jesus Christ. Or do the people around you not even know you are a Christian? 2 Chronicles 7:14 goes on to tell us we must humble ourselves and seek His face. Stop trying to do it all by yourself, realize that you can only face the difficulties in your life through Jesus Christ!!! Then comes the kicker, you must then turn from your wicked ways. Please notice the order of events. You see it is just like assembling a product, you can do the right steps but out of order and the result is you can’t finish the assembly because you had to do step 3 before step 4 or it wouldn’t work. Hello, this is the same with Jesus Christ. If you put the cart before the horse, it will not work. You see, you turn from your wicked ways after you humble yourself, pray to Him and seek His presence. Then God says, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. When we wrestle with the sin and difficulties in our life without following the proper steps, we have our sin and difficulties to deal with. However, when we follow the instructions, 1) Be His child, 2) Humble ourselves 3) Seek His face 4) Turn from our wicked ways then we will be heard, forgiven and healed. He deals with our sin. Stop trying to deal with your sin out of order. Do steps 1,2,and 3 then watch God deal with your sin in a snap. If you are trying to deal with your sin before completing steps 1,2,3 it is like going to a mechanic when you are sick. It doesn’t make sense, go to the doctor. It is time to go to Jesus. Right now humble yourself, pray to Jesus, seek His face, allow Him to turn you from your wicked ways and be heard, forgiven and healed.
Brother Big Daddy