Is There Any Hope?
Is There Any Hope?
When we listen to the news on television or read the newspaper and news magazines, we can become very discouraged with the conditions of war, poverty, disease and natural disasters.
When we see our neighborhood children on alcohol and drugs, and displaying seemingly “I don’t care” attitudes, we can feel helpless. When we see situational ethics being taught in school and the homosexual agenda of the destruction of the traditional family being fought out in the courts, we feel like giving up. Don’t give up. God has an answer for all these helpless, hopeless situations.
God has given us the answer to change all of the ungodly mess that is happening in our world. The answer is found in II 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.”
If you as a Christian (a follower of the teachings of Jesus) are waiting for the world to get their act together you will never see the healing of our land. God says that His children, people who are called by His name, will be the ones who create change.
What do His children, His people, have to do?
Number one—We have to humble ourselves. In order to humble ourselves, we must become teachable. We must rid ourselves of an attitude that says we think we are better than others. We must realize that we are nothing outside of Christ.
Number Two—We must pray. In the book of James in chapter five, it says that the fervent prayers of a righteous person avails much. Fervent means heartfelt prayers. We must pray selfless, heartfelt prayers. We must pray according to God’s will and not our own will, agenda, plans, etc.
Number Three—We must seek His face. That means we must put God first. We must abandon our plans for His plans. Instead of seeking the approval of friends or the world, we must seek His approval in our thoughts, words and deeds. We must be thankful for who He is and trust His sovereignty.
Number Four—We must turn from our wicked ways. As Christians, you may not think you have wicked ways from which to turn away. We all have sin in our lives. The key is to live a life of repentance before God. We must rid ourselves of the subtle sins of gossip, judging, shading the truth, using control over others, manipulative and guilt inducing language, attitudes of superiority, unresolved anger that spews out on others, wanting our own way and rights and the list could go on and on.
We must also turn back to our first love, which is God and His Son. We must fall deeply in love with Jesus in order to fulfill His laws and precepts.
God says if we will do these four things, then He will hear from Heaven and heal our land. If we truly want this nation and the nations of the Earth to be healed, then we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. There is much power released as we live a life of repentance and seeking Him and His ways.
As a Christian, do you want our world to really change? If so, repent and humble yourself and rid yourself of your wicked ways. Then, go to your churches and cell groups and teach repentance for personal and national sins. Then rise up and put on God’s wardrobe, which He has picked out for you—which is: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline, even tempered, content with second place, and quick to forgive in an offense. Regardless of what else you put on, wear love—it is your basic all-purpose garment.
Keep the Spirit of Hope alive by implementing II Chronicles 7:14 into your life and stop all the complaining, murmuring and unthankfulness.
Dr. Carolyn A. Driver