FOUR KEYS TO HEALING: #1 - Humility
Updated: Apr 27, 2020
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)
Social Distancing. Keep six feet apart. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. Sanitize surfaces. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Self-quarantine. No gatherings of more than 10 people. Stay-at-home orders. Shelter-in-place. Protective gloves and N95 masks.
These are all guidelines for battling the Covid-19 pandemic today. And, they are important. But, as I see it, the battle-plan against this virus is missing one critical piece. As I listen to President Trump, Governor Cuomo, all the medical experts, and the media; I rarely hear any mention of the most important key to healing - prayer.
In II Chronicles 7:14, God clearly calls us to pray. And if you read the verse in context, verse 13 mentions three particular occasions for national prayer - drought, devastation, and pestilence. A pestilence is defined as a deadly or overwhelming disease that affects an entire community. Needless to say, Covid-19 fits the category of a biblical pestilence. What's the cure? Turning to God!
But, prayer is actually the second step. The first is humility. It is prerequisite to all the other steps. Without humility, we simply don't acknowledge our need for God, thinking we have life under control; so we never bother to pray. Without humility, we rely on our own expertise and ingenuity instead of seeking God. And without humility, we never admit any wrong-doing or sin; so we never turn to God in repentance. Humility is the indispensable first step.
What is humility? Here's a good definition to start with. Humility is acknowledging that God is God and I'm not. Unfortunately, man today worships at the idol of self-sufficiency - man is supreme. Rather than self-sufficiency, humility is an overwhelming sense of one's unworthiness before God. Humility lets God call the shots in life. Humility admits it doesn't have all the answers and turns to God for wisdom and guidance. Humility doesn't demand its own way, but surrenders to God's will in life.
Yes, let's pray! But first, we must humble ourselves before God.