“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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
It is never too late to repent. We, the people of this world, have made a mess of things and God is willing to step in and deliver us as we learn to handle what God has told us to handle.
Dear Heavenly Father – Today you have something to say and I lose your words and bind all that intends to hinder it! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to know what we are studying today. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
We hear it all the time: “God is in control” – BUT that does NOT mean God made this mess or the current state of overflowing sin that runs rampant over our world, government, people and churches. This world is still under the corrupted curse of sin. So when we say, God is in control, what do we mean?
First, we know He is always in control of who is in control:
“for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1 NIV
God will chose who will lead the USA for the next 4 years. God also raises up leaders at our jobs, in our communities, in the organizations we participate in, and in our churches.
Second, He is in control of whatever we have committed to Him:
Have we committed ourselves to have a relationship with God, through Christ Jesus?
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV
Have we committed our hearts, our lives, our situations, our loved ones, our jobs and means of provision, our burdens, our everything?
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy1:12-13 NKJV
That is what we mean – we mean we are covered by the amazing grace that saved us and continues to keep us and preserve us.
But the human condition is corrupted and sinful – and God know the motives and true nature of our hearts. Of course, how this condition influences leadership, is heavy in my heart during this election in the USA between two corrupt men. And I have shared so many times the struggle at work with other corrupt leaders. Back in August, God spoke to me about a leader in a group I belong to and said “this leader is not of my Spirit” – I was shocked as I thought He was, since then, God has shown others as well. Through all of this God has shown me more about the inner human moral deterioration which has been caused by too much worldly influence and flesh that people refuse to deal with, within themselves. We (let us not fail to include ourselves) may think we are following the right thing – and it may very well be the right thing in the eyes of mankind. It is not for me to judge the heart of others (just to discern so I can pray with the knowledge God gives and pray His will with understanding).
And I am not saying it is only in our leadership – But since we know God is in control of who is in control, and our next verse speaks to the heart of leaders, I am applying it there. However, I will not fail to also apply today’s lesson to my own heart.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.
8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right.
9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.
15 It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.
21 He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness, and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.
25 The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.
26 He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way.
30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord.” Proverbs 21 NKJV
God considers the heart of mankind. There is a lot in here to digest.
Let me recommend you reread it later – maybe read in in another Bible version for more understanding.
Where do you self-identify in this passage?
Where does God say you are in this passage? – Are you willing to let God expose you to yourself?
My personal relationship with God is the primary focus of my life, and hopefully yours too. So whenever we read a passage – read the words of the Lord (He is talking to us) – it is vital that we ask, what is He saying to me specifically? Then respond with: I hear you Lord, what do you want me to do with this?
Do you need to change your heart and thinking? Do you need to change your actions?
Maybe you needed this insight for dealing with a corrupted leader – How can this information assist you with managing through your situation?
Today – God did not give me the answers to your questions. Today He wants to give them to you Himself and is asking you to be open to what He is saying. Today, I will grow in the Lord through this and so will you if you let His work be done. Today He is speaking and we should take the time to listen.
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!