Daily Devotional – 6/18/15 “Our land needs restoration!”

As Saints of God, we are in a constant struggle; a day-to-day fight, a spiritual war that the enemy wants us to think we are losing and if we don’t stop to get it right (before it’s too late), we will lose our part! Yet just like God promised Solomon, He’ll come and see about us but we’ve first got to do our part. See, in 2 Chronicles 7:13, God appears to Solomon at the temple and He says, “At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.” In today’s time, it’s sending rain that won’t stop, storms that won’t cease, burdens that seem heavy, trouble on every side yet God says but … For even after all that God picks up in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and says, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” Yea, God says, I’ll do those terrible things to you but if you call on my name, if you humble yourself before me, if you pray, if you seek me while I can be found and if turn from the wickedness of your ways I’ll hear you and will shut up the clouds and stop the rain, I’ll cease your trouble, stop your storms, give you strength, bless you and your children and even their children, forgive your sins and even restore your lands. Isn’t this worthy enough?

Oh but we can spend so much time on the fact that a man has decided to now become a woman, instead of the fact our cities are in an uproar; there’s a problem. When cities are being engulfed in water that can swallow them up in mere days; it took God 40 days and nights in the bible; there’s a problem. When someone can walk into a church and open fire on folk in the midst of studying God’s word, there’s a problem. When black men are being gunned down by police officers in their hometown, there is a problem. When our children can’t read or write but they are graduating school, there is a problem. When sport figures are being paid millions and our school systems are failing, there is a problem. When we glorify sin and not the Savior, there is a problem. When cancer is on the rise and not a cure, there is a problem. When bars are filled instead of bible study and when worship service is empty but the clubs are crowded; there is a problem. When folk can blatantly disrespect the man or woman of God, there is a problem. When mothers can kill their children, there is a problem. When husbands can kill their wives and wives can kill their husbands, there is a problem. However, there is good news! There’s a solution but we have to be willing. Firstly, God says, “If MY people.” Are you His people? All it takes is to change your life, a confession of your mouth, a belief in your heart and a baptism in water. Then you’ve got to humble yourself. Are you respectful, meek? Do you pray? Do you seek God? Have you turned from your wicked ways? All of these things are the price we have to pay to get restoration. (I think it’s worth it, do you?) The solution isn’t hard to find for God says, if you do all these things, “I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” I don’t know if you noticed but our land needs restoration!

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