Monday, July 11, 2016
"I will heal your land"
The Rally That Counts
1 Chronicles 7:14
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.
Throughout the country rallies will be held in the wake of recent events. Some will be peaceful and some confrontational. Some will be secular and some will be religious in nature. Some will be speaking out for justice and some will be inciting hatred and violence. Speakers will talk about unity and peace or about changing the landscape of our country. God's rally is different. Israel as a nation had turned its heart from God and His ways in the story in 1 Chronicles where God's famous statement in chapter 7 verse 14 is made. As many commentators declare nations around the world find themselves in the same circumstances but if God's people humble themselves He is willing to heal the land. Israel was founded upon God and likewise America was founded from the days of the Pilgrims upon God.
I speak to Christian rally organizers and Christians who attend rallies to make your events be more than a big feel good get together. If you go to a rally know its mission statement . Is it merely promoting an outward show of unity for all peoples or is it asking more of you? Folks, it is easy s to go to a rally and hold cards and even to bow your head and pray. The harder thing is to humble yourself and allow God to show you hidden things that lie in your soul and require repentance. It is not about yelling at each other about who you are going to vote for or differences in backgrounds. God's kind of rally may not happen in an hour or even an afternoon. God's rally will take a willingness to listen to His voice.
I hope to speak to several things in the next few weeks, humbleness, repentance, seeking God's face, and being thankful for each other. There is no way to cover anyone of these subjects in a few post, but my hope is that you will taste and see that the Lord is good and make a journey of seeking these things out for yourself.
Those who attended LWF this Sunday know we are taking the next few weeks to pray for our nation. I hope others will join us as we examine our hearts and ask God to speak to us as we hold our nation in prayer.