“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 Ch. 7:14). This verse, was said by God at the dedication of the first Temple (by king Solomon). Today we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and are called to be sanctified before Him every day.
– “If my people…Will humble themselves…” – Yeshua came to teach us surrender. He taught us to be like Him: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29).
A true believer, he is a humble and submissive person, he is also a calm person, because he trusts God in everything. Humility and submission to God, always go together and this is the foundation, the basis, for our faith.
The story of the Canaanite woman (Matt. 15: 22-27), emphasizes her humility, submission and faith before Yeshua. “And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table” (Matt. 15:27). Yeshua said to her: “Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour” (Matt. 15:28). This woman humbled herself before Yeshua and therefore, got cure for her daughter.
The story of Syria’s army commander, Naaman, who got to be sick with leprosy, also highlights the connection between surrender, faith and cure. Only after he humbled himself, surrendered and agreed to go and dip in the waters of the Jordan seven times, was he healed. “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” (2 Kings 5:14). Finally he also gave honor to God. “…And he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel…” (Verse 15).
Yeshua also mentions Naaman in teaching the people: “And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian (who was a gentile)” (Luke 4:27).
– “…And pray and seek My face… – In Matthew 6: 9-13 Yeshua taught us the stages of prayer: to praise Him, to ask for our needs, to ask Him for forgiveness for our sins and also to forgive those who have sinned against us, to ask that He will not lead us into temptation and deliver us from evil, and finally – praise and thanksgiving. All of these steps should be included in our prayers.
– “…And turn from their wicked ways…” – We all sometimes fail and fall, but we as believers are aware that we are sinning, (compared to those who do not believe). Only we believers have this awareness to confess and repent and draw near to God again, and He will, of course, accept us to Him.
Those who choose to surrender, ask for His face and repent of the deeds of the flesh are blessed by God, “and I will heal their land” (and their bodies). We all know the word of God, but we must hear and do: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (Jas. 1:22). Only a humble person, surrenders easily, obeys the word of God, hears and does. Such a person – is a person who stands on the rock! (Matt. 7: 24-25).
Hearing and not doing, reminds us of what happened in the Garden of Eden and we suffer from it to this day! Adam heard and knew the commandment of God, but decided to act according to the words of his wife, instead of obeying God’s word. He preferred to act in a human way, instead of a divine way… Adam failed in his role as her head and failed to take a responsibility over her (the role of men today), and she failed in the role God gave her (and us as women) (1 Cor. 11:10). Her role was to be a ‘helper as if against him’, to bring him back to the right place, to a place of obedience to God. Instead, she shared him with her sin, her rebellion against God, and stumbled him as well. What about us? Are we doing the role God has given us? Are we acting in a way of obedience to the word of God or to the words of men???
– We, the people of God, whose name is called upon us.
– We, those who pray, who ask for His face.
– We, those who know that we sin and understand that we need to return to Him in repentance.
When we live our lives in the way of submission to God – then our thoughts and ways are different from the ways of the world, then we trust in His power and not in our own power, and then He blesses us and multiplies His rewards upon us. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21).
Today, at the time of this plague, which befell the whole world and the vaccine that followed, we must ask ourselves the following questions:
– Are our ways and thoughts the same as the ways and thoughts of God, or of the world? (Isaiah 55: 8).
– Did He has allowed this plague to break out, so that we will take the vaccine, and return quickly to routine, to our previous lives? Or does He have another plan…?
– How can we as believers today bring people to understand that God is in control of the situation and that everything that happens in the world is in His hands? (Psalm 24:1).
– How can we, as believers, can help to calm the anxious and frightened people around us? (Psalms 34: 4).
It is our job to teach them that only with Yeshua, they will find peace for their souls. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).
We understand that God’s desire from us at this time, is:
– That we will spread His light and truth everywhere, (Psalm 43: 3), in order to bring as many people as possible to believe in Him, especially those who to this day have despised and rejected Him, because “everything was all right with them…” (But today the situation is completely different).
– That we will be witnesses for the goodness of God, His blessing and protection over us and especially that He gives us peace and calm in a world full of anxiety and fear. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
– That we will show men our confidence in God, that they will want to have what we have (Psalm 37: 5). Today, more than ever, we must live by faith. Only in this way do we connect with Him and He with us. (John 15: 4).
There are many miracles in the word of God, which God performed before the people of Israel, so that they would know that they could trust in Him. The first miracle in the desert, happened shortly after the people crossed the Red Sea and went towards the Promised Land. “And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet…” (Exo. 15:24-25). God provided the tree (symbol of Yeshua) and it sweetened the bitter water. “…For I am the Lord who heals you” (Exo. 15:26).
God is our doctor, even in this strange plague that befell the world at the end of these days. “I have seen his ways, and will heal him…” (Isa. 57:18). “…Who heals all your diseases (Psalms 103:3). “He sent His word and healed them…” (Psalms 107:20).
We believe that even within this plague, we can bring glory to God – “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me (from the trouble), and I shall be saved, For You are my praise (Jer. 17:14). All the glory and praise to our Lord!