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“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
If- it’s just two measly letters, yet they make a powerful word. When we hear or read the word “if”, we know a condition is coming. We must follow the condition in order to obtain a result. When we think “if only” or “what if” we are either regretting our past or fearing our future. For example, “If only I was not speeding I wouldn’t have gotten that ticket!” Or, “What If my cancer treatment does not work?”
In 2 Chronicles 7:13 God tells Solomon “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…” God assures us that trials and tribulations will come. However, He in the same breath gives us the solutions to overcoming them!
Satan brings temptations. We can react with our emotions or we can act according to God’s instructions. We can react in fear, be anxious, or submit to the temptation. We can even blame God for our circumstances.
Nonetheless, God tells us explicitly how to act to get results. God responds to our prayers if we do our part according to His word. He says if we humble ourselves, seek His face, pray, and turn from our reactions He HEARS, FORGIVES AND HEALS. God promises to hold up his part of the bargain and He cannot lie! (Num: 23:19)
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When we do this, God hears your prayers (Psalm 65:2), forgives your sins (1 John 1:9), and heals you (Exodus 15).
When the storms, temptations and trials come remember you can trust God to do His part if you do yours! “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55: 11)
Father, when troubles arise, help me to humble myself, pray, seek your face, and turn from my ways. Amen
Question: Why isn’t trusting God our first response 100% of the time?