“If your people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to you toward this city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name, then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and maintain their cause.
“If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near, yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly,’ if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name, then hear from heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their pleas, and maintain their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you.
—2 Chronicles 6:34-39
by: Trisha Gerstel.
Sometimes we find ourselves in trouble through no fault of our own. Other times, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Today’s Scripture is a powerful tool to help us during those times of self-made trouble. “When they sin against You…and You are angry with them and deliver them to the enemy” (v.36) reminds us that nothing is outside God’s control. Even when we have strayed far from God, have dug ourselves deeper and deeper into trouble, or find ourselves entangled in worldly schemes, the Lord is in control and He is able to free us when we seek reconciliation and ask His forgiveness.