Many of us are familiar with this passage from 2 Chronicles 7:13-14:
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Though some may use this verse like a magic pill, similar to the prayer of Jabez, there is a significant amount of truth contained within it. God deals with nations of course, but nations are made up of individuals. So is the Church of Jesus.
It is somewhat easy to be grieved over the sin we see in our nation – murder of the unborn. Not only acceptance of perversion, but demanding that it is normal and must be embraced and endorsed. Traditional marriage trashed after thousands of years by a few in judge robes.
The rejection of God in all things public from school to government. Fraud, lying, cheating, stealing, vulgarities, and other repulsive behaviors are common in our day and paraded across our screens as normal and acceptable behavior. Evil seems to rule and win.
But, most believers in Jesus are not practicing such things. This should lead us to ask the question regarding our sins that need to be repented of. We, who are God’s people, have our own sins to deal with and we must if we want God to heal our land, our churches, and our soul.
While not wallowing in the filth of this world, how many of us are guilty of complaining, being critical, judgmental, harsh, unloving, unfaithful, giving into lust, greed, anger, bitterness, lying, loving to quarrel, give into jealousy, slander, gossip, are proud and conceited, imitate the world around us, pout, are selfish, lazy, or fill in a host of other sins we tend to excuse in our own lives…
God states clearly that His people need to repent of their sins. I have named a few and it hurt to do so. While we need to pray for our government and must try to resist evil people and their laws, we have to first make sure our own house is clean. Something about taking the log out of my eye before messing with the speck in yours comes to my mind about now…