Are We Willing?
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. (II Chronicles 7:14)
Our nation is facing some of the worst problems in it's entire history. What can we do about it? It seems overwhelming as we contemplate all the crises facing us: unemployment, rising costs, a finacial crisis threatening to bankrupt us for generations to come, drug use, rising crime, violence in our schools, lying, cheating, corruption and incompetence in our leadership.... The list goes on and on. Is it possible God has turned His back on a country He once blessed?
For far too long, God's people have neglected what is going on, separating ourselves from the mess our country is in today. He gave us clear instruction on how to turn things around. He gave us a list of four things we must do:
- Humble ourselves - admit we are on the wrong path; that our way has led us to the place we're in now, and these crises we're now facing a a result of our own stubborn disregard of God's Word.
- Pray - tell God these things. Not merely asking His intercession, but humbling ourselves in prayer to Him who created us.
- Seek His face - Diligently seek His insight and wisdom, the direction He would have us take, rather than relying on our own knowledge and what we want.
- Turn from our wicked ways - This is only possible once we have truly humbled ourselves before our Almighty God and earnestly sought Him in prayer. Only then will we have understanding and realize the wickedness of the path we have been on; only then will we be willing to turn from doing things our own way to doing things God's way.
If we are willing to do these things, both individually and collectively, then God promises He will hear from heaven. He promises to forgive our sins. And He promises He will heal our land. He will do what we cannot.
We do have the power to change things. The only question is: are we willing to do what it takes?