For the past few days, we’ve been camped out in 2 Chronicles 7:14, where God issues a loving warning to his children to humble themselves and pray. The formula he’s laid out for us seems like the perfect invitation for a miracle. The more that I focus on this verse, the more excited and expectant I become. I know things are dark and bleak right now, but God is good, he is in control, and he longs for us to draw near to him.
“f 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)
I appreciate that God is incredibly relational. This verse could’ve instructed us to seek 100 different things: seek his rules, seek his pleasure, seek his words, seek his righteousness. But he didn’t tell us to seek any of the fringe things that God provides or any of his character traits. He longs for his people to seek his face.
When you’re face to face with someone you can learn so much about them—you can build a relationship with them. You can learn what makes them tick, makes them sad or happy or angry. When you’re face to face, you can see their reactions to things and respond accordingly. God wants us to seek him, not because of anything that he will give us, but because we long for a relationship with him. Because that’s what he wants with us.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
What does seeking God’s face look like in your life?
“Repent” is one of those big scary words that can seem so severe. It weirdly sounds like a punishment word even though it’s literally one of the most freeing things we can ever do. Really, repentance is just turning around. We change our thinking and then we change our direction. Those old things that used to serve us, used to please us, no longer hold that spot in our lives, so we turn from them and walk toward God.
And this is something we have to do over and over again. Just this morning, I had to repent again for something that I had fallen back into. I thought that I had left that sin back in 2019, but it has been rearing its ugly head again, drawing my focus away from God. So I again had to turn around and leave that thing behind and take a step toward him.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
What does turning and walking away look like in your life?
We serve a good and loving God who wants the best for us. The Bible tells us that he gives good gifts to his children: the ability to humble ourselves, communicate with him, seek his face, and turn away from danger are all good gifts. I hope and pray that we all have the courage to turn to him and away from the things that used to seem so desirable. The truth is, the more we look at him, the more we seek him, the less we’ll want to seek those other things. Turning from our old ways is a bit easier when we know the immense goodness and grace of the One we’re turning to.
Let’s seek him out today!
What does “seeking God” practically mean to you?
How do you live out repentance daily?