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. – 2 Chronicles 7:14
The Bible is known as Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (B.I.B.L.E.), and of all the instructions in there, these are, in my opinion, the most important ones of all. In America, we have become the most torn, divided, weak, ungodly nation. We need to humble ourselves before God and pray with humble hearts and spirits, asking forgiveness for wrong attitudes, seeking His answers. He promises to heal our land… but there’s something we have to do first.
So often we are tempted to seek answers from other sources. Just today I watched an advertisement on television for physic readings. Of course, they cost $1 per minute, but promise that all your answers will be revealed to you in the reading.
We must seek answers for ourselves and our nation from a higher being – God! We don’t need to speak with people who read stars – but to God who made them! Putting all pride aside, humbly bow before the heavenly Father with no hidden agenda – but a genuine desire for His wisdom for our future. Humility is something you can fake before other people, but remember, it’s not something that you can fake in front of God. He already knows your heart before you begin to pray.
Do Americans even admit to wrongdoing anymore? Do we feel any degree of shame? Do we say the word SIN? Is everything just a mistake… an OOPS – as we half-heartedly laugh it off? Is God laughing at sin? I don’t think so.
There’s a reward for faithfulness… He will HEAL our Land! Does it need healed? Do we understand that if we do this – He will do that? Do we care? Does it matter? Hello… is this thing on?
Here’s what trips us up… TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS… we don’t WANT to do that because we’re having too much fun! There’s even debate among Christians as to what IS considered sinful these days! Are there consequences to sin? You have to ask? Look around you. Is it easy to walk the straight and narrow? Of course it isn’t. Is it worth trying? Well… yeah. The thing is, we have a loving and kind heavenly Father who will forgive our SIN in Jesus’ Name. Every time we slip – He will forgive us – but we need to humble ourselves before Him and ask.
OK – so we have our B.I.B.L.E. and we’ve read the instructions to ensure that America gets healed by God – His promise to us. What are we waiting for? 🙂