Daily Devotion for January 29, 2015

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 (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:11-18
Song: “If My People’s Hearts Are Humbled”

Insurance companies classify natural disasters as “acts of God.” However, they don’t do it in order to render praise to the Almighty. Their motive is to avoid paying off potential claims.
Though certain “laws of nature” govern the natural order and, as Matthew 5:45 tells us, God sends the rain on good and bad alike, apparently the Lord has sometimes intervened to create drought, plagues, or storms. His purpose may be to call people, or even a nation, to repentance. We see this particularly in Old Testament history.
Some have come to see terrorist attacks and the severe storms we often face as this same kind of divine intervention. While it’s foolish to brand every such disaster or attack as the direct hand of God reaching down in judgment, we can easily agree that our nation has turned away from our Lord in grievous ways.
God’s calls to repentance frequently center in promises of blessing. It’s a familiar refrain from Him: you’ve done wrong; turn away, and you will be blessed. It’s a simple formula. Repentance precedes blessing. Faithfulness insures His favor.

Thank You, Lord, that Your calls to repentance include a promise of blessing. In each decision I face today, help me choose the right one. In all humility I pray I don’t miss out on any of the promises You give so generously. In Jesus’ name, amen.

— Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:11-18