This is again a message without an outline. We are looking at 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. This takes place at the time of the dedication of the first temple. These verses say:
13 "When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people,
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.
This passage spoke first of all to Israel. What caused Israel to come to the place where God would cause there to be no rain, or where God commanded the locusts to devour the land, or to send pestilence among them? Why does God bring us to circumstances we cannot handle? Well, it may be because we have let things enter inadvertently and we have fallen into some sin. Verse 14 says, "If my people which are called by My name will humble themselves." Number one was that pride set in, and pride is the chief sin of mankind. When pride of some sort has entered, humbling comes first. What causes more problems for us than pride?