Sunday, June 14, 2009
From whence commeth catastrophes?
13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 heal their land. (II Chronicles 7:13-14)
It has been told to me many times, "Sickness, catastrophes, wars, droughts, and so on, do not come from the Lord. Such things come from the Devil." So, what do we do with Scriptures such as this one? The plain and clear reading of this passage is that:
1. God does send drought
2. God does send plagues
3. God does send pandemic diseases
4. God does cause the land to be 'sick'
Why does He do such things? God does these things because of the wilful, repeated and prolonged practice of sins amongst His people. I have heard it said before, "The nation follows the church." When there is compromised preaching in the church (in the guise of not wanting to judge and cause people to feel condemned); where there is tolerance of repeated sin (in the name of human weakness); where there is the acceptance of worldliness (in the name of "Becoming all things to all men") within the congregation of the Body of Christ, then the salt and light that is needed to call the world to repentance is diluted to the point of irrelevance.
The Apostle Peter wrote:
14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (I Peter 4:14-18)
When the judgements of God do come, then the passage above tells us what we need to do:
1. Humble ourselves (which includes fasting);
3. Seek the Lord's face, through searching the Scriptures and identifying the laws of God that we have broken;
4. Call sin, "SIN" and identify all sin as "wickedness" not weakness;
5. Turn from every wicked way: renounce it and cease from doing such things.
At that point, the Lord promises:
1. to hear from heaven
2. forgive sins committed
3. heal the land