Thursday, February 3, 2011

If My People...


Hello everyone. Today is our last full day for 2 Chronicles. We will be into Ezra tomorrow.

In our reading today we see once again the cycle the Israelites are in. They turn their hearts towards the LORD after their enemies defeat them. They stay focused on the LORD and his laws. They tear down the altars and poles of foreign gods and worship. After a little while though they lose interest in staying pure and then go back to worshipping idols. Instead of worshipping the creator they worship the created.

It occurred to me that this cycle was part of God’s character. Remember we talked about learning much from how God dealt with his people? So here we are reading over and over again how God treated those who turned their backs. They were crushed by their enemies, some were killed and some developed diseases and they all landed in captivity. What does that have to do with us?

Does God still allow things to go wrong in our lives to get our attention? Does he purposely take His hand away so that we feel the consequences of our disobedience? I have pondered these questions for some time. I wonder if the state of our nation is a direct result of the decisions made years ago to dishonor life. Our country murders 3,000 babies every single day, could God have taken his hand away for that decision? As a church we were silent during the civil rights movement. We were silent during times when discrimination was rampant. These are questions we should all ponder. I would challenge you to think about these things.

If My People Pray

11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house. All that Solomon had planned to do in the house of the Lord and in his own house he successfully accomplished. 12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 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, 14 if 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 and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place

2 Chron 7:11-15 (ESV)

In Christ Alone,

Jill


"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "oh crud, she's up"

1 comment:

  1. Love those verses and love the song that comes from those verses.

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