Transformed By Humility

 I want us to look at a portion of Solomon’s prayer and God’s response.

 Text:               2 Chronicles 6:36-38a, 7:13-14, “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near; yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness’; and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive…”   “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 heal their land.”  nkj

 Solomon draws our attention to the fact that when we stop walking in God’s path, His blessings are withheld.  It’s His way of getting our attention and drawing us back to right relationship with Him.  God’s response to the prayer shows the same thing.

In order to get the process started, Humility is required.

Solomon helps us to see the problem:  “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin),”

The first part of getting right with God is admitting that WE have sinned.  Don’t try to cover it or make light of it.  It is a reality that MUST be confessed in order to be made right. 

Many times, we put off dealing with it due to pride.  When we don’t deal with it right away, God has to send unpleasantness our way so that we realize we are in the wrong.  He doesn’t do it to be mean, but rather to help us see the truth. 

Proverbs 3:11-12, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”  nkj

Solomon talks about the way things will go when we stray in this way as He refers to God: You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near. 

God uses His own terminology to agree with Solomon:  “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,

When we choose sin, God often delivers us to that sin so that we learn how terrible it really is.  We can become it’s captive.  God’s goal is that we learn HIS ways really are best and we should stop flirting with sin.  Sin is a killer.  In the present day, sin warps the way we deal with people.  That brings death into society.  To continue in sin, walking away from God, is to close the door on God Himself – that brings a death into our eternity.

Solomon recognizes that it requires an awakening, coming to themselves, to break the cycle.  Jesus said that this happens when the Father draws them.  The same thing happened to the prodigal in the middle of his captivity. He “came to himself”.  Interesting way to say, “he realized sin was bad and God was good”.

In the middle of our “captivity” – that is the time to repent and make supplication to God.

God says, if … humble themselves, pray and seek My face,

Solomon puts words to the way we should see ourselves:  ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness”

and turn from their wicked ways,  We cannot stay the same.  God forgives, but expects us to leave the old life behind.  Solomon says it this way:  when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul.

When we do this, God makes a promise:  THEN I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  nkj

Let us walk in an attitude of humility before the Lord!  Today is a great day to start.

 

It is time for us to BE TRANSFORMED by turning our lives over to God through faith in Jesus Christ.  We need to read His word, believe it, and ask Him to work it out in us through His Holy Spirit.

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