From A Shepherd’s Heart (24 June 2020)
By Ps Ezra Jang
As we maintain a prayerful heart, let’s hear from one of our pastors today and reflect on God’s Word from him.
Opening Song: Hear Us From Heaven
Read Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land”
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I want to share with you what the Holy Spirit has sensitized and shown my heart. Why did God allow this pandemic to spread to the whole world at this time? God sends pestilence with a particular purpose. There is something that He wants from His children. So, what does God want us to do as His people during this period?
Firstly, God wants us to be humble. The LORD hates everyone who is proud in heart (Proverbs 16:5). He stopped human communication when humans became proud and tried to build the Tower of Babel. He wants His people to abandon pride and have a humble heart. The Lord searches the heart and tests the mind (Jeremiah 17:10).
Secondly, God wants us to pray. He wants our broken spirit and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17). The LORD does not want religious worship and artificial prayer. Our Master wants us to listen to His voice with our spiritual ears and confess our sins with our spiritual lips.
Thirdly, God wants us to seek His Face. He wants our eyes to turn away from the worldly idols. The LORD wants us to open our spiritual eyes and look unto Him for help (Psalm 121:1-2). Nevertheless, we always have hope in God. If we turn from the wicked ways, God will hear our cry from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land as He promised.
Pray in Response
Our Father God, we confess that our daily life is a special gift from You. Please help our ears, lips, and eyes turn toward You. Please help us to be humble, pray, and seek Your Face. Thank you for Your love, grace, and mercy. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.