“…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.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
The Philadelphia Phillies played in the World Series last year, and according to an article in The Toronto Star, it was a humble Canadian who led them there. The article goes on to say, “There are few people in Major League Baseball who have paid their dues quite like Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson. The 59-year-old product of Corunna, ON, is the definition of a baseball lifer. He is a former 32nd-round draft pick, a catcher who never played above A-ball, yet he was an Olympian and a coach whose career spanned four decades, including 28 years in the New York Yankees system, before he earned a big-league dugout of his own.”
You might have noticed that you aren’t perfect. None of us are, not even those of us who are followers of Jesus and have been forgiven, redeemed, delivered, healed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. We are different, and our desire is that we walk in holiness every day, living a life that pleases the Lord, but we slip up. Sometimes we say the wrong thing, or act like we did before Jesus came into our lives, or have a poor attitude toward someone else. The Lord knows this as well, and is always willing to forgive us. We have a part to play, however. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God says, “…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.” We need to keep a clean slate before the Lord, beginning today.
These have been words from the heart.