Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2 Chronicles 6:29-30 -- On Improving our Ways

"Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:
Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)"
2 Chronicles 6:29-30

This is part of the prayer Solomon said when he was dedicating the temple.  I like the part where he asks God to "render unto every man according unto all his ways."  I don't think that is often the way we pray, because we usually want our blessings no matter whether we're blessing others.  However, maybe it is something to think about.  We do know our own illnesses and sorrows, and God know them as well... along with the sickness and sorrow of everyone else.  He is uniquely qualified, even more than we are, to know how to bless and help us, and how the needs of all humanity intersect. 

Learning to understand others as God does isn't something that we can probably accomplish in this life, at least in exactly the same way... but we can at least take steps in that direction, and help others and amend our ways.  As we do, God can bless us for our obedience, and as we learn with his help to change our hearts and become more like him, the more our hearts will be in tune with his, and we'll begin to want what God wants, rather than yuckier things. :)

Today, let's thank God for his love and forgiveness, and let's improve our ways.

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