“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” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
These words were written and spoken to God’s people in the Old Testament. However, it is a principle that is still true today. Jesus put it a little differently in the New Testament.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
Still another reminder of the same principle is found in James
“Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:9–10).
Our Lord will receive us and heal the wound of sin in our lives if we will humble ourselves under His mighty power (1 Peter 5:6). There has never been a time in my life when there was a greater need for our country to return to God like today. So much of our past was tied to serving God. But today we are filled with rebellion even hatred toward God’s sovereignty. We have like sheep gone astray and need the guidance of the good shepherd. Jesus preached the call for repentance and change of action (Luke 13:3). Unless we do turn back to God we will perish.
There is yet another principle that is important. To whom much is given much is required (Luke 12:48). The USA has been a favored nation by God. He gave us so many blessings that we cannot count them. With these blessings comes the responsibility to live humbly before our God.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
Turning our country back to God begins with turning my heart toward God and humbly obeying His will. I must also guide my family, my church, my schoolmates, neighborhood etc. in the way of God.
Please rule in my heart. Help me to walk in your ways. Guide me and lead me in paths of righteousness. Help me to influence those in my life to do the same. Father forgive me and our country for running counter to how You have told us to live.