Seek My Face

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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2 Chronicles 7:14 – 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. (NKJV)

Why do people have to wait until a disaster hits before we turn our hearts and minds to God?

During the second week of September for four consecutive years, we were in New York City attending a conference on making videos. With my birthday being on September 11th, we always went into the city to celebrate and to go shopping at my husband's favourite camera shop. New York City was busy, hustle and bustle, people always in a hurry, no one making eye contact or smiling … just busy. Strangely enough, in 2001, the year the 9/11 terrorist attack happened, our video conference had been moved to July, so we were not in the city on that date.

The next year, 2002, our conference was back on schedule, meeting on 9/11. We again went into the city to shop at the camera shop and to celebrate my birthday. The celebration trip quickly turned very sombre as we made our way to the World Trade Center site. We could still smell the ash in the air a year later. People made eye contact with one another, sometimes smiling and making conversation. Being a friendly soul, I smiled at people as we went along, and they smiled back. Once we arrived at Ground Zero, we met a New York City fireman who was there viewing the site. We started a conversation and learned that on the morning of 9/11, he was at work with all his co-workers. He received a call from his daughter's school saying that she was ill, so he left work to care for his daughter. In the next few minutes, 9/11 happened and everyone but him from his fire unit was lost in the horrible attack. He shared that he felt very guilty for having left and all his fellow workers being killed. We tried to console him and let him know that he had nothing to feel guilty about; he had to care for his daughter.

The feeling and atmosphere in New York City was very different that year. People took time for others, genuinely cared for one another, and turned their hearts to God.

Back to my original thought: It seems that through generation after generation after generation, Israel and all the world forget about God until some disastrous happening occurs. If only we could learn from other people's mistakes!

Prayer: Precious heavenly Father, we pray for ourselves and others to take the examples that You've given us in the precious Bible and apply them to our lives so that we don't have to wait until a disaster happens before turning our hearts to You. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wise words, Gloria.

    Thanks for sharing such a true and moving story. God bless!

    Thank you for today’s devotional it was very thought provoking and timely. In Jesus name thank you.

    Amen Gloria, it certainly is the truth and l suspect as a world we have a few really hard happenings just waiting in the wings as we continue the downhill slide away from God and therefore also wisdom.

    We visited NY from Canada for Remembrance Day, right after 9/11. We could smell burning as we approached Manhattan and ash was still everywhere.
    Very sombre. Churches were full, but they didn’t stay full. “The Harbinger” is a very interesting book on the subject by Rabbi Cahn.

    Good morning Gloria,
    Happy Birthday.
    I have just read your inspiring message. Yes! Those who loves our God, do often wonder just why mankind remains so stubborn and only remember that there Is A God who cares for and loves us.
    Your message will only reach those of us who read this. What a pity it is not broadcast on the news, printed in every newspaper! I wonder if that would even be noticed be the world in general??
    Thank you for your message today. I have been dependent upon our Lord for many years. I am in my 80’s and still need Him daily.

    Good Morning, Gloria,
    Blessings and wisdom in the name of Jehovah and his Son Jesus Christ.
    You have asked a profound question! Yes, why? Because we have not learned from History, and so must repeat it. At 11:00 on November 11, 1918, the documents were signed to end the war of wars, and the statement made that it would never happen again! Twenty years later, it did! We had not learned that war is not the way to solve anything. Yet, as I write this, 50 wars are being waged somewhere in our world.
    Let us learn to take our hardships to God, ask His deliverance, and His forgiveness. Then, perhaps, we will live in peace!
    (Northern Ontario, Canada)

    Very well said.
    This is an attitude we all encounter and you have reminded us with a compelling example.
    Thank you.

    Thank you Gloria.
    Your message reminds us that we all have to get better at calling on God always, in the good and the bad times. We need to call on Him, praise Him for the joys we’ve been blessed with, and thank Him for being with us in the valleys.
    I pray that you and your loved ones and communities will be safe as I watch the news and see the magnitude of the hurricane weather that is hitting the east coast. He knows our needs and He will be with you.

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