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 (2 Chronicles 7:14).
If God were not perfection, He would not be God, and even metaphysical principles demonstrate that there can be only one Supreme Being. Humans would try to make themselves out to be gods, but such ideas prove illogical in the end. After all, have you ever met a human being who has never, but never, made a mistake? I guarantee you that God has never, but never, made a mistake. "Wicked ways?" you ask. "I'm not wicked," you say, "I'm a good person." Of course you are, considering you are made in the image and likeness of our magnificent Creator. You have a good heart, a good mind, a good intent, a good ... . But God, you see, is not good, He is Goodness, and anything short of such measure must pale miserably in the light of His glory.
I do not claim to be a seamstress. However, I have made a few dresses (very few) throughout my course. I decided to make dresses for my two little girls for a wedding in which they were to participate. I chose a pattern of long gowns from daintily flowered white filmy material with little scooped necklines, flounced sleeves with lace, and lovely teal blue sashes that matched the bridesmaids' gowns. The dresses turned out quite well for my amateurish hand, and my daughters looked positively angelic. Outwardly, the garments seemed perfect, but I shuddered to consider whether any of the guests would closely examine my work, that if turned inside out or scrutinized by an accomplished seamstress, it could have been viewed as utterly disastrous.
I have told music students, "I am demanding perfection from you. You cannot measure up, but you will find great rewards in the striving." When we seek the perfection that is God, we shall no longer desire the way of the world, and He will heal our land, which you might agree could use healing. By the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, we may enter into His holy presence; we have been made perfect in His sight, and are then worthy to be called His own.
Is there any wicked way in me? How shall I humble myself and pray? How shall I turn from my wicked ways?
Lord, today I choose to humble myself and to pray, pray that you would turn me inside out and forgive all the wickedness you find stitched into the fabric of who I have become. I pray that you will heal our land that has strayed so far from your perfection.
Are there enough of us praying, Lord, are there?