“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)
“If my people…” The swing in a proposition is always an “if.” The promise from God is forgiveness and the healing of the land in this passage. The promise is still in gear to be fulfilled but one thing still remains…the big “if.” We are proud to be called by His name, but these other steps of humility, prayer, and repentance arealtogether different. Longing to see God move because He has heard our prayers of repentance and our postures of humility is truly what all of us want. So, why is this so hard?
Maybe we are like the little guy in the old story of discipline from his mother. She had told him several times to sit down and after complying with resentment, he stood up again. Finally, she guided him to the chair and warned him not to get up again. He sat down, but as she turned to leave, his four-year old voice resounded with resolution as he said, “OK, but I’m standing up on the inside!”
Isn’t that like all of us, even as adults! Knowing what the Lord wants of us, we still refuse to take the first step. Sometimes we blame others who we feel should lead the way in this effort, but the real problem is still within our hearts. We just don’t want to do what it takes to humble ourselves, because we refuse to admit we are wrong.
On this day, the only one you are given, make sure there are no big “ifs” holding back the loving arm of a gracious God from blessing you, healing you, forgiving you. Would you dare ask the Lord, even now, if you are headed once again to a corner chair with resentment? Stay long enough in prayer this day to hear the answer.