Man’s Returning and God’s Waiting
God answered Hezekiah’s prayers three times
during his life. Once was to pardon those unclean seekers who had come to
1. The Faithful Lord remembers His promise. – “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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicle 7:14) After Solomon completed the temple’s construction, he asked God to hear the prayers of the people who would sin against Him in the future. God made him the above promise. One of the beautiful aspects of God’s attribute is His faithfulness. If we have a heart of repentance, of returning to God, of seeking after His face, God will accept us like a merciful father because His faithful attribute is unchanging. Men sometimes fail to keep their promises. God will remain faithful and keep His covenant of love. He pledged an oath from the days of old. (Micah 7:20) “If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13) But we must not abuse God’s faithfulness and love.
God answers seekers’ prayers offered in His
3. The God of love waits for the return of sinners - “I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me." (Hosea 5:15) There are many teachings from the Bible on how man waits for God. During the reigns of Hezekiah and former kings, God spoke to His people through the prophets Hosea and Isaiah, beckoning them to return from their way of disobedience. And God waited for the awakening and return of His people. “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Isaiah 30:18) God in heaven is like a compassionate father. He waits every day for the return of His prodigal son who is lost and gone astray.
Summer Conference is a great opportunity for our church to return and turn to God. We should grasp this moment of grace given by the Lord.