May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

2 CHRONICLES 6-8

Focus Verse: and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

 

This prayer has it all. First, the approach: humility. We humble ourselves. We come to God and acknowledge that HE is God – we are not. We acknowledge that HE has the answers, that HIS way is best, that HE knows what He is doing. We come to Him poor in spirit, acknowledging that there is nothing we can bring to the table but a life surrendered to Him.

 

Second, we seek HIM. Many of us are confused by the order of this, but we don’t come to God seeking answers, we come to God seeking Him and if answers happen to come from that meeting, great! If not, we just continue seeking Him. We don’t seek healing, we don’t seek blessing, we don’t seek deliverance. These are all things that happen in His presence, and praise God that they do! But even if they didn’t, He is still worthy of our praise. He is still worth being sought after. We have to stop treating God like a genie in a bottle and only come to Him when we want our wishes granted. Seek HIS FACE.

 

Seeking His face also implies a relationship. God doesn’t invite us to come grovel at His feet as unworthy subjects. He could ask that of us…He probably should ask that of us. But out of His great love for us, His desire is to have a relationship with us, not to beat us down into submission. Does a relationship require some submission on our part? Absolutely! Any relationship requires a give and take by both parties. God gave His life on the cross to be with you. What are you giving to that relationship?

 

And lastly, which ties into the relationship, we are to give up our old way of life. That’s what God asks us to do for Him in this relationship. Turn from doing things our way and walk with Him.

 

Three things: humble yourself, seek His face and turn from your ways. If we do these three things God promises us an abundant life filled with all of HIS promises – and eternal life with a love that we can’t even fathom yet. And God never breaks His promises.

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