Friday, July 14, 2000
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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
-- 2 Chronicles 7:14
Finding humility in today's take-care-of-your-own-needs world can be very difficult. Being humble can be even harder. Hear the Good News, God is giving us a great instruction in how to restore a broken relationship with Him.
When I hear the word wicked, I think, "there can't be that many "wicked people." But the reality is when we place our own life as the center of attention and seek to only fulfill our own needs, wants, and desires, we are in fact a wicked people. God has called us to love Him with all we are, and to love one another in the same way. We then do not get to pick and chose who and how we love, but we love both honestly, knowing full well, having God and other people in our life is a blessing. When we do in fact realize this, we will not be able to look at another person in the same way again.
O God, Father of all people, I come to You to thank You for Your love and care. Today, I seek You. I lift up my heart, my soul, my very being and ask that you keep me straight. Forgive me when I turn from Your voice, to follow the voice of another. Keep me strong and faithful all of my days. For I am Yours and You, You are mine. In Jesus' name. Amen.