Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Chronicles 7:12-15 (NLT)
12 Then one night the Lord appeared to Solomon and said, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices. 13 At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. 14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. 15 My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
In chapter 6, Solomon asked God to make provisions for the people when they sinned. God answered with four conditions for forgiveness: (1) Humble yourself by admitting your sins, (2) pray to God, asking for forgiveness, (3) seek God continually, and (4) turn from sinful behavior. True repentance is more than talk—it is changed behavior. Whether we sin individually, as a group, or as a nation, following these steps will lead to forgiveness. God will answer our earnest prayers. I believe that God placed His Word for even us today to understand and apply to our lives. I believe that my God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore I believe that if He made provisions for the Israelites to know how and when to go about receiving a blessing from Him, and He placed this in print for His believers of today to read, understand and follow, then I believe that we could expect the same action form God even today. In other words, I believe that in order for us to receive forgiveness and restoration of God’s blessings, we must follow the four conditions outlined in these verses. To prove my belief in this I did a ‘what if’ scenario, by placing the word ‘don’t’ at the beginning of each of the four conditions individually to see if it would still make sense for God to still bless us, and the experiment made no sense at all. Friends, we are either totally dedicated to God or not. Partial dedication, or a dedication of convenience, is very easily identified as ‘not’ being dedicated to God. I don’t know about you friend, but I want to know that I am totally in God’s will and totally open to His blessings, wisdom and direction each and every day. After meditating on this passage, I believe that in order for me to expect this kind of response from God, I must therefore (1) humble myself before the holy and righteous God that I serve, (2) be in constant prayer before Him and seek His ongoing forgiveness of my weak and frivolous failures, (3) do this continuously as each and every day presents its own challenges and increased pressure on me to sin, and (4) learn to turn away from sin, and not just do it with expectation that God will forgive me anyway. If He teaches me how to live righteous and in obedience to His will and example, then I must follow that example.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, I have heard verse 14 quoted so many times, yet as I meditated on it this morning You revealed a very personal application to me. You also helped me to understand the reason why, in the life of our church, that we struggle and why it seems like Your hand has been lifted from us. You have given me the conditions of Your blessings. You have given our churches the conditions to follow so that we may receive a touch from You. (Do this….. then…..) Therefore, I believe that way too often we seek Your blessings without ever stopping to evaluate what might be blocking that blessing. I am reminded that I must clean up my act, my life, my ways so that You can bless me. I must be instrumental as a leader in my church to look for ways (seek Your face) that we may be more representative of Your love in our community, so that we might be more of a ‘lighthouse’ that represents You, in our community, rather than a place of division, hatred, impurity and sin, so that You may freely bless Your work through us and reach our community for the Lord. We seek Your blessings dear Lord, please help us to clean up any unrighteousness that may block or prevent Your blessings.
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