So if you’ve read or heard me much over time you know I often bring that lil’ two-letter English word up often.
Here’s God speaking about HIS PEOPLE:
“”If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 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.” -NASB
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” -NRSV
2 Chronicles 7.13 and 14 are classic examples of how God deals with HIS OWN PEOPLE.
No one can stop God from being God, from being Himself dealing with His people as He so chooses. So what is the response He’s looking for among those of us who think and say we belong to Him?
SEEK MY FACE
TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS
Now for some professing to be Christians none of this relates. The mindset is that it’s Old Testament, Old Covenant, law and not grace, and/or relates to the Jews, to Israel and Judah in ancient times. We are not them, the sacrifice of Jesus means we live in the New Covenant, we’re saved by grace and not works, even faith to believe is a gift from God to us so in essence, most if not all of this is irrelevant to sons and daughters of the Most High in our time.
Since when is humility, praying, seeking the Lord Himself in the here-and-now without purpose, not part of the life of a true follower, a growing disciple of Jesus Christ?!
Further, the concept that truly saved lovers of Jesus as sons and daughters of God have zero ability, possibility (or option) to stumble or even practice “wicked ways” only takes a short study of church and world history to debunk.
Cross-reference with a fair number of comments in the New Testament including some of Jesus’ Own words even to His Own disciples on occasion and you begin to understand why I write such things. More importantly, why God the Holy Spirit moved for scripture to include such statements by God about His Own truly beloved people.
All of us (followers or non-believers in Jesus) get tempted. That won’t end until our lives on earth are over.
The GRACE of God calls us to repent when and where needed.
It’s a rare day when I don’t ask His forgiveness because it’s a rare day I am not in need of doing so! The follow-through is then action, doing diligence with God and others. Easy? No. Essential? Yes.
Things to consider for those who consider themselves belonging to God?
I believe what God called and offered Israel in His statement here is a template of both conditions and grace for ALL who are truly His people!
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn