A little over twelve months ago, a new word entered the global vocabulary: Coronavirus.
Some people set big goals but give up quickly. Others persist and succeed, while others set none at all. Which are you?
How will you remember 2020? For us, it will be remembered as a significant year, when we took big steps forward in our mission to ensure the good news of God is within easy reach of every Australian.
Every day we hear stories of how God is using Vision to help people lift their eyes off the problems and pressures and ‘cast their cares’ on Him.
Greetings! As we come toward the end of a challenging year and set our sights on better things to come in 2021, this Scripture continues to come to mind for me. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 ESV It’s certainly been a year filled with tribulation, but the …Read More
‘I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
Winston Churchill often repeated the famous saying, ‘Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ Take a look at society today; the conditions that preceded the fall of many great civilisations are in place. You ask, ‘Can our nation be saved?’ Yes! God told Abraham if he could find as few as ten righteous people in the city, He would spare Sodom and Gomorrah from judgment. And a righteous minority can still save our nation. How? Through prayer!
God said: ‘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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ Notice four important conditions mentioned in this Scripture:
(1) ‘If My people, who are called by My name.’ The future of our nation doesn’t rest in the hands of bankers, talking heads on TV, or politicians; it rests squarely in the hands of God’s redeemed people.
(2) ‘Will humble themselves and pray and seek My face.’ God, who needs nobody’s authorisation or approval to act, promises to move when His people turn to Him and seek His face in prayer.
(3) ‘And turn from their wicked ways.’ Instead of complaining about what’s wrong with society, God commands His people to examine their own hearts to see what’s wrong and make it right. And when they do, He promises to:
(4) ‘Hear from Heaven… forgive their sin and… heal their land.’ The truth is, it’s up to us, not them! It’s not too late. Our nation can still be turned around if we’ll pray and seek God with all our hearts.
SoulFood: Num 34–36, Mark 8:14–26, Ps 57, Pr 11:14
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021