By John McRae | Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 7:00 AM
I worry about my children and the world they have to grow up in. I see the influences today’s kids and teenagers face and must admit that I did not have those kinds of pressures. The temptations and snares facing my children as they grow and mature are aimed at more than just tripping them up. The devil is out to bring them down. He’s out to bring the world down. All one has to do is look at the news and you’d think he’s having some success.
In the long run, though, we know we needn’t worry because we’ve read the end of the book. Jesus returns in all His glory, bringing eternal victory with Him, and throws the devil into hell for all eternity. But in the here and now, I still desire to protect my kids from anything that can harm them. I sit around and wonder what we can do to change the world we live in, and I’m reminded of this verse from 2 Chronicles.
- 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We look at the world around us and shout a resounding, “Yes, this is what we need!” There is hope in clinging to this promise of forgiven sins and a healed land. We interpret these words to say the world won’t change until the world turns to the Lord. While this is true, I don’t believe that’s what the verse is saying. God didn’t say, when the world humbles itself and turns from its wickedness – He spoke these words through the prophet to His people.
My fellow believers – these words were written to us.
God is telling us that if we have a heart to see our world healed through the awesome power of a perfectly mighty God – the expectations are clear.
We must humble ourselves.
- Psalm 25:9 – He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.
- John 3:30 – He must increase; I must decrease.
- James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
We must pray.
- Psalm 145:18 – The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
- Collossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
- Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
We must seek God’s face.
- Psalm 63:1 – O God, You are my God; I shall seek you earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
- Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
We must turn from our wicked ways.
- Psalm 51:1 – Have mercy on me o God according to your unfailing love.
- Psalm 51:2 – Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
- 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When we do this, when we set our hearts on God in this way, the promise is set in stone. He will hear from heaven. He will forgive our sin. And He, Jehovah Rapha – the Lord Our Healer – will heal our land. God isn’t waiting for the world to have a change of heart, He’s waiting for us. God is looking for His church to start acting like His bride. Let us love Him like there is nothing else. Let us love the world like He does. When we do, we will be transformed, and He will use this transformation to draw others unto Himself.
So, if like me, you’re tired of the direction the world is going, and you want to see it changed - then BE that change. Humble yourself, pray, seek God’s face, and confess & turn from your sin. As you do that you will see that God will begin to use you to bring His light into the dark world around you.
This Sunday, we study the name Jehovah Shalom, the Lord is peace. It promises to be a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing everyone there with us.
In His Service,