2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
14 if my people who are called by my name 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.
Over the past few days I’ve been asking God to shine light on to His Word as I continue my journey in understanding more about who He is and who I am in Him.
And not only who I am in Him, but asking Him to show me His love and grace for all of us who acknowledge His presence in our lives even in the midst of less than perfect choices of word, thought and deed.
This morning in my quiet time as I began to break down the above verse, I was instantly reminded that in the beginning when we cried out and asked Christ into our lives, it truly was only the beginning of the journey.
I love that as I began to define specific words, God reminded me again and again that He does not expect perfection and that to become the person He wants us to be takes time.
In reviewing the definitions below we can see that making the attempt and having the desire to obtain (more of God) is how it begins. Yet it is only the beginning. We are told to turn from our sinful ways, however that too, takes time. It is not instantaneous. At least for me it wasn’t. When I think of moving in a circular motion, I can’t help but picture my phone as I download music -the image of that little circle, filling up, with what seems like ever increasing slowness. That’s how my journey has been and still continues to be. My turning is done in a slow, ever curving way. One of the things that I love about God’s beautiful faithfulness is during this process He loves me unconditionally, He forgives me and pours out blessings on me (and heals the land) through it all.
God is asking us to make the attempt, to put forth some effort to get to know His Son and when we do that He will begin to turn our hearts towards Him, guiding us through a beautiful journey of Grace as He transforms us from the inside out.
attempt to find (something).”they came here to seek shelter from biting winter winds”
search for, try to find, look for, be on the lookout for, be after, hunt for, be in quest of
“they sought shelter from the winter snows”
attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something).”the new regime sought his extradition”
try to obtain, work toward, be intent on, aim at/for More
ask for (something) from someone.”he sought help from the police”
ask for, request, solicit, call for, entreat, beg for, petition for, appeal for, apply for, put in for “he sought help from the police”
make an effort to achieve or complete (something, typically a difficult task or action).”she attempted a comeback in 1989″
try, strive, aim, venture, endeavor, seek, undertake, make an effort; More
a long or arduous search for something.
verb: turn; 3rd person present: turns; past tense: turned; past participle: turned; gerund or present participle: turning
move or cause to move in a circular direction wholly or partly around an axis or point.
2. change in nature, state, form, or color; become.
“Emmeline turned pale”
become, develop into, turn out to be; be transformed into, metamorphose into, descend into, grow into
“their honeymoon turned into a nightmare”
become, go, grow, get
“Emma turned red”
convert, change, transform, make;
adapt, modify, rebuild, reconstruct
“he turned the house into apartments”