“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.” -2 Chronicles 7:14
Now that we’re sufficiently into the Old Testament, you’ve probably started to notice a pattern: when the Israelites walk in righteousness, everything is good; when they disobey the Lord and seek other idols, things turn for the worst. The punishments varied from famines to barrenness, or even mass deaths from disease or natural disasters. When we get to the Prophets, we’ll see this illustrated very clearly.
But today, I want to focus on that last part. Because even today, there are consequences to our sins. When bad things happen to us, we tend to start questioning God’s goodness and power. We pacify ourselves that God allows hardship only to make us stronger. Which is true. But, sometimes, there is more to it then that. Sometimes, it is because we must face the consequences of our past sins – the ones we swept under the carpet and pretended were okay or just simply forgot about.
Here, God told the Israelites that if they repented, He would forgive their sins and heal their land from barrenness, bloodshed, famine, and plagues. He would make things good again.
So, if you’re facing a season of hardship, barrenness, or temptation, look back at your history. Is there perhaps a sin you forgot to repent or admit to? It might be the smallest thing, yet with it comes with a big ripple effect on your life. Pray to God and if that’s the case, He will show you what could be marring your pure spiritual standing.