Week of Repentance: Day 1

2 Chronicles 7: 13-14

13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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.”

What does it mean to humble ourselves and pray? It means to recognize and apply the idea that You are God and I am not. To stop seeking or expecting to do the work of the Holy Spirit. To realize that the only way anything can be set right, whether it’s our personal lives, our marriages, or our nation, is by the hand of God.

I’m a fixer. I like to try to set things right. Whether it is keeping the peace in the family or correcting someone’s misinformation, I want things to be “right.” Of course, saying that makes it pretty clear that it assumes I know what “right” is AND that I have the power to make things “right.” Oh me.

God is showing me more and more that I don’t even have the power to “fix” myself – only He does! And what a relief to know that He doesn’t expect me to fix everyone else! Instead, He calls me to pray asking Him to forgive me and fix me. Maybe if others see the miraculous job God has done of fixing all the broken things in me, they will trust Him to fix whatever is broken and hurting in them.

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