Where are you going? What are you doing? What are your goals in life? Are they only for you? Do they include only the people you love most? Do they involve crushing your enemies and leaving them in the dust? But most of all, do they involve God? No, they don’t?
Wait. Why don’t your future plans involve or revolve around the One that gave you life? Your focus is not on Him, only what you want. Where is that going to take you?
You’ll probably get your dream. Make a lot of money, get married, retire early, and spend the rest of your life with family. What happens if you don’t get all that? You never get enough money; you never marry; you never retire; and you hardly ever see your loved ones. What then, will you do? Many people turn to drugs, alcohol, or become suicidal.
That is not the way to go. By doing drugs, getting drunk, and committing suicide, you can hurt countless people including yourself. Solomon, the son of David agrees with me on the point of alcohol. Here is what he wrote in Ecclesiastes 2:3 ‘I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.’ And then he summed up the chapter with: “This is meaningless.”
Now, all that sounds and is terrible. But there is good news. You ask me, how can there be good news? The good news is that God is in control. If you turn to him, he will, in turn, help you. Then you say, “He didn’t before, why should he when I call on him?” and I will quote 2 Chronicles 7:14 “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 will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Even after I say that, you are still full of doubt. What does that verse mean? Alright. I will explain 2 Chronicles 7:14 bit by bit. ‘If my people who are called by my name.’ Who are God’s people? And John 1:12 pops into mind. ‘Yet to all who did receive him to those who believed in his name he gave the right to be called children of God.’ So if we believe in Jesus, we are his people.
‘If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face.’ That means we have humble ourselves enough to ask God for help, learn his ways and follow him.
Wait, did I just say humble? Yes, I did, and I’m proud of it. Wow, pride and humility. those two words are complete opposites. They have nothing to do with each other. Why? Ok. I will define them for you.
Pride: unreasonable or inordinate self-esteem.
Humility: marked by meekness or modesty.
Talk about clashing. Do you know people that fit in those categories? I can think of quite a lot of people who are proud on the top of my head. It’s the humble people who are hard to find. I have really thought about it. Who is humble? Moses was humble. Numbers 12:3 tells us that Moses was the most humble man on earth. Being humble is really hard to do.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “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 will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” After we believe in God, pray to him, seek him, leave our sin and follow him, he will hear us, forgive us, love us and heal us.
He may not bless you with getting married, having a steady job and seeing your loved one on a regular basis. But, you will not have the desire for drugs, alcohol and suicide. God will give you the patience and joy to live your life contentedly.