FOUR KEYS TO HEALING: #3 - Seeking God
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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(II Chronicles 7:14)
There is little doubt that America has significantly dismantled its Christian underpinnings in recent years. The Bible has been removed from schools. Prayer has been prohibited in the classroom. Creationism has been replaced with evolution. The Ten Commandments have been banned from the public arena. Christian holidays have been secularized and re-branded. And American history has been rewritten to remove any overtones of a Christian foundation.
Imagine what would happen if Americans began seeking God again? What if our educators rediscovered God's Word? What if our politicians in Washington DC stopped fighting and began praying together? What if business owners and Corporate CEO's rediscovered Sabbath? And, what if our churches stopped entertaining people and restored genuine worship? What would happen if Americans truly began seeking God's face?
Lives would be transformed. Attitudes would change. Morals and values would be revived. Respect for authority and for each other would increase. Crime would decrease. The Golden Rule would reign supreme. In short, America would experience revival - a supernatural healing of our land.
So, what does it mean to seek God's face? Have you ever lost your wallet or your keys? If so, you know what follows - an all-out intensive search to find the lost item. You will literally turn over everything in your house until you find it. Are you that intent on seeking God? I believe seeking God's face involves the following...
First, seeking God involves a deep hunger for God's Word (Psalm 19:7-11). God has spoken to us in His Word. If we are truly seeking God, we will desire to read and study God's Word.
Secondly, seeking God involves a longing for God through prayer (Psalm 42:1-2). While God speaks to us through His Word, we speak to Him through prayer.
Third, seeking God involves a passionate desire to worship God (Psalm 84:1-4). Worship is both personal and corporate. When God's people truly seek God's face, churches will be packed once again with worshipers.
Fourth, seeking God involves a rediscovery of Sabbath (Isaiah 58:13-14). Sabbath (Sundays) are a day for physical rest and spiritual renewal. Are your Sundays used for personal pleasure or do you find delight in spending time with God on His special day?
Finally, seeking God involves a wholehearted devotion to God (Jeremiah 29:13). Not Sunday-only Christianity or half-hearted devotion; but an all-in, wholehearted devotion to God.
Maybe it sounds a bit far-fetched to believe that Americans might seek God once again. Or is it? Perhaps through this Covid-19 pandemic, God is calling America back to Himself. It has to start somewhere. Why not with you and me?