Youth News - October 2013
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Youth News
October 2013
by Hector Meza

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14

The times that we live in are filled with many uncertainties. Students wonder about their futures and “what if” there are no jobs available for when they graduate. We hear about global conflicts, turmoil and financial meltdowns and wonder “what if” we are headed towards another world war. We ask, “what if” concerning our families, careers and health. It seems as though people have been wondering, “what if” since the beginning of time. When we read the Bible we a given reassurances over and over again through the stories of men, women and nations that were rescued from their trials and tribulations by God. In our “what ifs” we have a God who is great in might, mercy and power.

 

God is able and willing to respond to our uncertainties but we find in the Scriptures an example of a time when God gave an “if” statement. Being omniscient and omnipotent, God knows all our troubles here on earth and is able to work out things for the good of those who love Him. Yet, in this verse and in others throughout the Bible, God is asking His people to join in His work of redeeming humanity. He calls on His people to humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from wicked ways.

It seems like a daunting task to do all those things. To humble ourselves, suggests that we behave as a servant would approach a king, in a submissive and willing spirit. In praying we recognize that we are just asking God but interceding for those that are unaware or unwilling to pray to the God who is willing to hear. To seek His face implies the face that God wants us to pursue Him to desire after Him and not just take His presence in our lives for granted. Just like a husband and a wife desire and demand to be desired by their spouse, God desires and demands our attention, affection and love. God also desires His people to turn from their wicked ways. We are to turn our backs on sin so that we might be able to see and follow God more clearly.

And God’s response is powerful. He will hear, forgive and heal our land. As we begin a new school year and encounter all the “what ifs” in life and in our world, let us remember that God wants to be God over all our “what ifs”. And God wants us, His people, to take time to pray and seek Him. Not merely for our own benefit, but for the benefit of our land. May God touch our hearts and guide us as we seek to intercede for our land. May He show us the people in our lives who

Hector Meza, Youth Director

 
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