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. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:13-16
In recent years that has no doubt been a growing concern for our nation and for the direction we appear to be headed. Nearly daily, I hear my citizens comment on the need for some kind of intervention to turn our nation in a new and better direction to bring hope and healing. Recently, as I was speaking with a friend, he asked me a simple question — What is the key to experiencing the healing power and presence of God in our nation? Immediately, my mind remembered 2 Chronicles 7:14 and a quote from Andrew Murray that reminds us that the key revival is having a genuine humility and desperation before God. Andrew Murray wrote.
Humility is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.”
I have long believed the key to experiencing the promises of God is living out God’s prescription recorded in 2 Chronicles 7:14. The call is to humble of ourselves before God and to walk free from sin. Equally important in this commission is to “seek God’s face.” In a sense, the humbling of ourselves and turning from sin are the byproducts, or end results, of coming to know God as He is by meditating upon His character and attributes. To “seek God’s face” is to meditate upon His sovereignty, His holiness, His power, His wisdom and His love.
A unique quality of the disciples of the first century church was they believed mightily in an exalted view of Christ as God. They believed nothing was too great for Him. Absolutely nothing was beyond God’s ability and scope. As One who is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. God can do anything – including heal our hearts, or homes, and our nation.
As we enter into the July 4th holiday, will you submit and surrender your trust to Him today? Will you humble yourself and pray, seek His face, and turn from your sinful ways? God is waiting to enter into our lives to work in a mighty way. I believe God wants to move not just in our lives, but also in our communities and in our country.