12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
from the 14th chapter of Proverbs.
The way of the world is not necessarily the Lord’s way. I look at the nation and where we are going, and I am appalled – but not surprised. The Lord told us things would be this way. The world has always been in the realm of the prince of the air. Even our church hierarchies are not in agreement with one another. Many of them are following a social gospel, not The Gospel of Christ.
This, too, is no surprise. It’s in the Book.
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Mark 13:22
For those who love this land and our Lord, there is only one answer. It is to be found in Chronicles.
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.
Who? My people – those who claim the name of Christ. We’re not talking about the rest of the world here. We are talking about those who follow the Risen Lord. It is our responsibility.
What? This has four parts.
The first is “humble themselves”. That means to recognize our own sins and stop thinking of ourselves as better or superior in any way.That doesn’t mean we stand mute in the presence of sin. It simply means that we speak the Lord’s truth simply and lovingly, without further debate.
The second is pray. We must be on our knees daily in petition for ourselves and our nation.
The third is “seek my face”. To seek God’s face means to look for Him. We need to seek his face, searching for Him alone, not the things He can do for us. His presence is all we need. It the world goes to hell in the proverbial hand basket, we will be safe as long as we are in the presence of God and in right standing with Him. That right standing is accomplished only under the cover of Christ’s blood.
Fourth is “turn from their wicked ways”. We all have wicked ways in our habits that we must shun and be on guard not to fall into again. God sees the heart and knows when we strive to do well. Salvation is not a reward for doing well. Doing well is our response to salvation.
There is a promise at the end. He will hear us, forgive us, and heal our land. We need not spend time decrying the things that are wrong in our world. That time is better spent on our knees, seeking the Lord.
Teach us to pray as you would have us pray for our land. Grant us the humility to seek only your face, your presence. Help us to turn from our wicked ways. Give us the grace to speak Your truth in love to all around us and the wisdom to stay away from argument.
In Jesus’ most precious name.