By Helen Swink – March 1, 2019
2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 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.
As believers, there is this huge misconception that our lives must be perfect and that we won’t encounter brokenness. We sometimes think that our issues disqualify us from being used by God, but they don’t. What most people don’t realize is that we are imperfect people who serve a perfect God. We are broken with purpose. Brokenness is where God’s grace shows up for us. It shows us how much we need Him and how much He loves us. God has a plan for our brokenness that leads to restoration.
2 Chronicles 7:14 outlines the process for restoration and revival with three basic concepts: humility, relationship, and repentance.
We first have to humble ourselves before God. Being humble means being aware of who we are in relation to who God is. This also means that we must be comfortable with who we are in Christ without pride or arrogance. Practicing humility also means that we must understand that we desperately need God’s help. Romans 12:3 says that we shouldn’t think of ourselves more highly than we ought but think of ourselves with sober judgment in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of us.
After humbling ourselves we have to develop a stronger relationship or closer walk with God. The scripture says we must “seek his face”. This concept reminds me of being a little girl playing hide and seek. We wouldn’t stop until we found everyone. When we seek God’s face we should be the same way – in constant pursuit of him. Prayer, fasting, and reading our bible are great ways to develop a stronger relationship with God. Matthew 5: 6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
Finally, the scripture tells us to turn from our wicked ways. Repentance is when we sincerely turn away from sin with a changed heart and mind. Acts 3:19 tells us to repent, and turn to God so ours sins will be wiped out and times of refreshing will come from the Lord.
So many of us run from our brokenness but God uses our broken pieces for us to get closer to him.
After all, how can we ever be whole if we have never been broken?
No matter what you may have experienced or may be experiencing right now, God wants you and loves you. He has a purpose for your brokenness and a plan for your restoration.