Humility Saves You Some Trouble
I want to thank those who came out to the National Day of Prayer meeting on Thursday. It is good to see people committed to praying for our nation and our world. One of the passages brought up at the meeting was 2 Chronicles 7:14: “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.” And it is my prayer that we DO turn away from sinful ways and turn to God. I pray that we WILL humble ourselves before the Lord. I think that there are many things that get better when that happens. God hears the plea of a humble, penitent person.
OR we could go a different way and decide we’re going to do things our way no matter what. We could decide on no humility and no repentance. That certainly could be our choice. But I assure you that this choice will lead to a much harder life. God told the Israelites once if they persisted in their sins then “The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron” (Deuteronomy 28:23). That is, life will be hard. Very uncomfortable. So the choice is: “Do I keep doing what I want to do as the land I live in becomes more and more difficult, or do I turn to the Lord and be healed?” In theory this does not seem like a very difficult choice. But making the right choice requires a lot of humility, something that not everyone has.
The Bible says “A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool” (Proverbs 17:10). I encourage you to listen to what to Word says. Just listen – and be moved to obey wholeheartedly. You show your wisdom when all it takes is the Word to get you to change. But those who refuse, who deny God, who persist in their own way will find life harder for them. The consequences of sin will land blow after blow. Will we then learn our lesson, turn and be healed? Or will our ways still seem right to us as they lead us to death? I encourage you to be humble and turn to God. You save yourself a lot of trouble that way.