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Spiritual Study of the word HEAL - part four

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)


“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

I am so excited to be studying this particular Scripture verse with you today!  When the Lord was working on my heart to return to Him in March 2010, He brought this verse into my life many times. It became clear to me God was calling me to come home. 


In the New Testament, Jesus gives us the parable of the Prodigal Son.(Luke 15:11-32)   In the parable, the young son has squandered all his inheritance and was now serving as a hired hand.  His job made him responsible for feeding the pigs in the fields. The verses tell us, “…he longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating.”  And while this might seem a worthy, albeit dirty, job to us today, we must remember in those times pigs, chazir in Hebrew, was an unclean animal and Jews were to stay far away from them.  Many foods were considered unclean but pigs were the lowest of low. 

 

When I turned away from my Lord ten years earlier, I too quickly fell into the lowest and most unclean place I had ever been.  Many of you who know me would say, “Lori, you were living in a beautiful mansion!  You had everything your heart could have desired!  Travel, cars, money.  How can you say this?”


There is a Jewish folktale I believe would describe where I was at that point in my life and it goes like this:  


                                         A Chassidic Story

There were two brothers, one a wealthy magnate, the other a pauper but a G‑d-fearing person. When the poor brother’s daughter was of marriageable age, he wended his way to his rich brother to ask him for assistance with the wedding expenses. The rich fellow was happy to see his brother again, and invited him to a lengthy tour of his palatial home.

After a while, though, the poor brother got tired of it, and asked his brother to cut it short.

The latter couldn’t understand, “Don’t you enjoy the exquisite beauty of every corner of my house?”

 

“There is a creature,” replied the other, “that wallows in the mud all day. If you ask it what it wants, all it can think of is, ‘More mud!’ You, too, are sunk in the ‘mud’ of material pleasures, and all you want is more ‘mud’ and more possessions, instead of focusing on the truly important things in life.”

 

I was the second ‘brother’ of this tale.  Surrounded by so many material possessions and it was never enough.  There was always something bigger, something better to reach for.  This is the level of mentality I had swallowed.  I was chasing the so called American Dream.   I worked hard and deserved to have the best life had to offer and so did my children.  I had lost my focus.  I had forgotten my God.  I had become the prodigal daughter and my life desperately needed to change.  God, in His incredibly gracious way, showed me through His Holy Scriptures a perfect ‘how to’ answer.  It goes like this:

 

     “If my people, …”   We are children of the most High if we believe in the salvation grace of His Son, Jesus Christ.   

    

     “which are called by my name, …”  We become a child of God( John 1:12) once we accept Christ so we are now children of God.

 

     “shall humble themselves, …”  How exactly does one humble them self? Perhaps we can substitute the word reverence here, however we must read on…

   

      “and pray and seek my face,…”  When I think of prayer, I often envision myself in a kneeled or laying flat on the ground position.  This is also the way I think of the word reverence when it comes to my being in the presence of God.  It doesn’t have to be that way, this is just me.  I did a study once on why slaves bowed with their faces to the ground in the presences of kings/rulers in historical times.  I remember reading placing ones forehead directly of the ground was the ultimate gesture of respect and honor.  I could not think of a more perfect position when in the presence of my Lord. 

 

     “and turn from their wicked ways; …”  When we turn away from something we are literally turning our backs to it and moving in a new direction.  God wants to move us in a new direction.  And while we may not consider our ways ‘wicked’, God does. 

 

     “then …” Why would I pause on this small, seemingly insignificant word?  Have you ever sat and listened to someone tell a great story and just before they get to the climatic point they pause and say, “then” as they stop for just a brief moment.  They have your undivided attention as you sit there with eyes wide open, intently waiting for the rest of the story.  When God says, ‘then’ it is because He wants our undivided attention.  He is about to tell us something important.   In this context God uses ‘then’ because He is giving us a promise. He is about to tell us what He will do if we obey the previous parts of this verse.   

 

     First God says, “THEN, will I hear from heaven, …”  What?  God actually hears us?  You better believe it.  He blatantly says so right here and God is not a liar. (Numbers 23:19)  And not only that…

 

     “and will forgive their sin, …”  He will forgive our sins if we turn from our ‘wicked’ ways.  Through Jesus Christ we can ask for forgiveness of our sins knowing with confidence when we do God will cast them as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)   

 

     “and will heal their land.”  Finally, our study word, HEAL.   Again, the Greek is rapha’.  Here the meaning is found in the Strong’s Concordance Online is most reflective in reference number 3 A (Qal) “hurts of the nations involving restored favour” because it is in reference to their land.   For me personally, it is reference number 4A, which refers to the healing “of individual distresses” where God moved in my life.  I had once walked closely with Him and then I was deceived and walked away.  Fortunately for me, God had other plans for my life and ushered me back in.  Not with a whimper mind you, but with a loud resounding boom!

 

If you are a child of God, He has plans for you too.  All you have to do is follow the steps of 2 Chronicles 7:14.  God heals in many ways.  He heals nations.  He heals land.  And most importantly, He heals people, like me and you physically, emotionally and spiritually.  

 

I am a firm believer God enters our lives for a purpose; His purpose.  Perhaps you are like me and had a relationship with Jesus Christ but have since walked away.  Maybe you do not know how to get it back?  Maybe you have never had a relationship with Christ but would like to?  Will you allow Him to be your healer today?   Allow Him to be your savior once again?  Take a moment and ask Christ to come into your life.  It is not hard.  It just takes a step of faith.  Below is a link to what we call “The Sinners prayer. Just copy and paste it in your browser.  This is a site I visit often with many, many questions and it is truly Biblically based. I believe it will help you to understand and give you direction.  God bless.

 

Always loving our Lord and you,

Lori Robbins

3 O’clock Prayer Ministries

 

https://www.gotquestions.org/sinners-prayer.html   

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