If my people, upon whom my name is called, humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wrong ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
God has always required humility from his people. It is a condition to be able to serve God. You can check history and you will find countless examples of people who fell because of pride that crept into their lives. God spoke to the people of Israel in Leviticus 26:19 and He said to them: “I will break your proud power, and will make your heaven like iron and your earth like brass.”
When an individual or a group of people walk in pride, they will fall. The psalmist puts it this way: “The Lord raises up the humble again; He humbles the wicked to the ground” (Psalm 147:6). God does not share his glory. We must never forget who we are, and who He is. “But behold, the Lord Jehovah of hosts strikes down the branches with terrifying violence, and the high grown ones are cut down and the lofty ones thrown down” (Isaiah 10:33). In our Scripture passage, God tells Solomon He wants the people to humble themselves before Him. God says that if they do this in repentance, He will hear them, forgive them and heal their land.
He says something similar in Jeremiah 29:11-13: “I know what thoughts I cherish regarding you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a hopeful future. Then you will call on Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek and find Me if you ask for Me with all your heart.” Our God is merciful and loving, but He is also just. Spend time with the Lord today and ask his Spirit to search your heart. Is there any pride in your heart? If there is, confess it in repentance before God today, seek his face and ask him for forgiveness – if you don’t, he will break the power of this pride in you.
My Father, today I bow my knee and my heart in your presence. I pray that You search me. Shine the light of your Spirit in the dark corners of my heart. Expose all the pride and arrogance in me. Father, I want to walk humbly before You. Amen.
Bron: In silence and trust by Angus Buchan
Publisher: Christian Publishing Company/CUM
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