Once again, as terrible world events continue to grieve our hearts, I am pressing in to hear what God has to say. I am leaning close to receive His comfort and be kept safe in his warm embrace.
I don’t know about you, but many times when I am angry, hurt, confused or wanting to have a solution, I am inclined to want to lay blame. There is always someone who is at fault. There is always someone who should be held responsible. And it usually isn’t me. Can you relate?
…God promises to hear from heaven and heal our land.
As I wrestled with these thoughts and feelings and as God held me close while I wrestled, He spoke…softly and tenderly, yet loud and clear.
All, not some — all have sinned. All, not some — all have fallen short. All of us are to blame and this is why Jesus came, died and paid the cost for all of us.
When the evil in the world shows up, we like to try to remove ourselves and create an “us” and “them” scenario. “We” are good. “They” are bad. Yet “We” are all part of the human race. “We” don’t do life alone or apart from each other. “We” are connected. What affects one, affects the other. “We” are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. “We” those that know God-those that are His children- actually have a responsibility, one that I am afraid we may not have taken seriously.
2 Chronicles 7:14
“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
We pray this most times if we are honest, thinking of others, thinking others should be praying this, thinking we are giving others a message and we usually don’t see ourselves or hear this message as being spoken to us.
Yet…this is the truth. This message is absolutely for us and warrants a response.
We are God’s people- Christians-Christ followers- we are called by His name. It is up to us to intercede and repent-together-on behalf of all- to stand in the gap in humility through prayer. God says “If” my people. He gives us the choice. We are in trouble, if we don’t make the choice. We are in trouble, we have to make the right choice.
“We”-the saved ones, the “good” ones- are to seek God’s face and to turn from our wicked ways. Yes, as saved as we are, we have wicked ways. We are the ones called to change direction. We are to stop going our own way and walk towards God. We are to check our course. We are to ask for forgiveness.
Then God promises to hear from heaven and heal our land.
We have a responsibility to make the choice that releases God’s promise. God is waiting on me. God is waiting on you. I have no stone to cast. I am not without sin. Neither are you. “We” are in this together. There is no time to point fingers. Instead, it is time to raise our hands, our eyes, our cries to the only one who can save.