2 Chronicles 7:14-15: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
The verse above is what is called a “conditional” promise. It is much like the deals you often make with your own children. “IF you mow the grass, THEN I will take you to get some ice cream.”
If/then statements—the Bible is full of them.
American Christianity has become so fatalistic. Evil is engulfing this nation so rapidly that it seems to have sucked all of the faith and life out of the church. It is as if we no longer believe that the Lord has the power to do anything about our problems. But what if He did? And what if His conditional promises were still in effect? What if the Lord is waiting for US to fulfill OUR part of the deal?
IF MY PEOPLE…
Today, that seems like such a big IF…
He made it pretty simple for us. He told us what our part of the bargain was, and we know that He is a Man of His Word.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”– Numbers 23:19
Of course He is righteous. Of course God’s judgment is upon this nation. Of course our sin is a stench in the nostrils of a Holy God. Of course we don’t deserve any more mercy from Him. But…
If my people will simply mow the yard…
What if God’s mercy really IS from everlasting to everlasting? Psalm 103:17
What if He really will never leave you nor forsake you? Hebrews 13:5
What if God’s eyes really do run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him? 2 Chronicles 16:9.
What if we remain in Him and His words remain in us, and whatever we ask will be given to us? John 15:7
What if I have access by faith into grace? Romans 5:2
What if my labor in the Lord really isn’t in vain? 1 Corinthians 15:58
What if God won’t forsake me nor have my children become beggars? Psalm 37:25
What if I truly may approach God with freedom and confidence? Ephesians 3:12
What if He really forgives and cleanses me as I confess my sins to Him? 1 John 1:9
What if He really is faithful in keeping all His promises? Jos 21:45.
What if He really does have the power and the will to fulfill His promises? Roms. 4:21
What if He really does forgive sins? 1 John 1:9
What if He is absolutely trustworthy? Heb 6:13-18.
What if all the promises of God in Him [are] yea, and in Him Amen? 2 Cor 1:20.
What if everything He had promised, He was able also to perform? Romans 4:21.
Ultimately, the marriage decision is in the hands of the Lord. Let’s appeal to heaven that He will move the heart of the king.
God’s hand of judgment has been stayed before. Let’s earnestly plead with Him to do it again.
IF MY PEOPLE…
It’s time to stop complaining and start obeying. Organize a prayer vigil in your own church. Gather your home Bible Study group. Cry out to God for forgiveness and mercy.
God is, and always has been, our only hope. Let’s appeal to heaven!
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