“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7: 14
Bible Verse for Meditation: 2 Chronicles 7:1 3-15
Humility. What comes to mind when you hear that word? Well, if we were having a conversation about this, I would probably tell you that when I think about this word, I often think of the character of Jesus and it is a word that we should practice daily, especially now during this crisis that our world is experiencing. It is a word that many would consider to be correlated to weakness, but it is in fact the opposite since it holds so much power within itself.
We all have a start and finish point in our life and during this time of social distancing and isolation, we may be all asking the questions, “what is happening God?” or “when will this be over?” or even, “what am I to do during this season?”
The next call to action is to “pray”. I cannot think of any other time more than now where prayer is so vital. It is our lifeline to Him, our heartbeat to divine connection and our spiritual weapon for warfare. Setting aside time to actively pray is not only necessary, it is everything. The next thing we are called to is to “seek His face”, to seek His presence and this points to our one-on-one time with Him through humble prayer and studying His Word. When we pray, we must be in a posture to hear Him, which requires humility, and to be in His presence, without distractions during isolation, is the most precious investment.
Our time with God provides a two-way exchange if we are ready to receive what He is providing us daily. It is our daily bread. He may have been trying to get our attention all this time, but we may have been too busy filling up our calendars with things that put others before Him. It is during these quiet times with God that revelation is made known if we actively seek Him.
And finally, our last call to action in this verse is to “turn from our wicked ways”. This last part cannot happen if we do not complete the first three calls. If we do not humble ourselves, or pray or actively seek Him, then it will be impossible to turn from our wicked ways, because we need Him in every step in our journey. What is so beautiful about this text is the three-fold promise that God makes through His word. He says that if we do all of that, then “He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and restore our land.”
As we are all coping during quarantine, let us do what the text recommends. If we are called, then that means that He is trying to get our attention. It means that He still wants us to be His children and to make time, room and space for Him. Our journey from beginning to end, must keep God in the center and as we spend more time alone, what a perfect way to allow Him in to provide the answers that we need during this wilderness season.