With the growing threat of ISIS, beheadings and slaughter of Christians in Iraq and Syria,
economic woes and political agendas, I've received more than a few emails lately from friends who are deeply concerned about the moral condition of America and most of the world. Pessimistic opinions abound and doomsday scenarios are prolific.
I've never been a 'head-in-the-sand' person. The facts are real and they are frightening. However, I know something that many of you also know though sometimes we need to be reminded.
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 I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chron. 7:14
This is a promise from no one less than the Creator of the Universe. I think that trumps just about anyone else, don't you?
But what's the catch?
Humility, prayer, seeking God and turning away from our less than godly ways of living holds the promise that He will hear fro heaven, forgive our national sins and heal our land.
This Saturday, Jewish people around the world observe the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. It's a day to put our entire trust in God's abundant mercy and compassion. God is not 'soft' on sin but He is merciful when we turn back to Him. He promised in Leviticus that if we repent, on this year each day, He will wipe the slate clean and give us a new start. This is not about forgiveness; He forgives anytime we turn to Him in repentance for what we may have done wrong. Atonement is about a new start, a deep soul cleansing.
What better weekend to focus on II Chron. 7:14 than this one? Can we come together this Shabbat (Sabbath), humble ourselves, pray and seek Him? I promise you that a national/international focus on turning towards the God of Heaven will be far more effective for this world than any political or diplomatic mission.