BY: Ruby Punch
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 7:13-14 NIV
We should NOT fear! God is in control.
This scripture tells us exactly what we need to do when there is a plague such as the
1. We are to humble ourselves.
2. Pray and seek God.
3. Turn from sin.
Our human reaction to catastrophic events is fear and panic. Satan brings fear to our hearts to distort our view of God. We lose precious time frozen in fear, staring at our problem. We imagine various horrific scenarios that cripple our ability to see our Savior. In this frame of mind we rely on our human intellect and seek to find solutions within our human power. We grope around in the darkness searching for answers.
When we are unable to find human answers we then become paralyzed with fear and unable to use the power God has granted us.
Therefore, we must first humble ourselves by realizing and acknowledging we are powerless to free ourselves from the present predicament.
“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to son-ship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Rom 8:15 NIV
Additionally, the previous verse assures us that when we become Christ followers we receive His Spirit and become His children. Therefore, we can cry to Him, and as His children, are entitled to receive good things our Father provides.
Step two: pray and seek God.
As a Christian, I sometimes must remind myself that I don’t have to fight my own battles. My Heavenly Father has already promised to hear my cries as a child calling out to “daddy” who happens to be God of the universe.
In Philippians 4:6 God instructs us NOT to worry about anything. ”…but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Like any good father, he loves giving good gifts to His children.
Thirdly, we must turn from the sin in our lives. Thankfully God’s Holy Spirit is continuously nudging us away from those things that stunt our growth as children of God. This process of becoming Christlike is a lifelong journey of sanctification. As human beings we will never become perfect. During our lifetime we can strive to “press toward perfection” by doing those things God’s Word admonishes is to do.
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