Scripture: 2 Chronicles 6.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Chronicles 6:28-31 (NLT)
28 “If there is a famine in the land or a plague or crop disease or attacks of locusts or caterpillars, or if your people’s enemies are in the land besieging their towns — whatever disaster or disease there is — 29 and if your people Israel pray about their troubles or sorrow, raising their hands toward this Temple, 30 then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive. Give your people what their actions deserve, for you alone know each human heart.
31 Then they will fear you and walk in your ways as long as they live in the land you gave to our ancestors.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Solomon had just opened the temple he had built and had the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant relocated to the temple. He stepped onto a 4ft high platform he had built in the temple, and knelt before God in the presence of his people and prayed with his arms lifted towards heaven. The verses above were part of his prayer, and really caught my attention. Although Solomon had asked God to pretty much listen to the prayers of his people as they came into the temple and prayed, but then in verse 30 he added “Give Your people what their actions deserve, for You alone know each human heart”. Wow! What if God really did that today? How much longer would we live? Yet knowing that He could very well do just that, we go on living any way we want in the very presence of this awesome God that we serve. You know, I believe that a very sobering thought is that yes, God loves us immensely, but I also believe that He really loves us too much to see us plundering around in sin, when we claim to be His and trying to live a life exemplifying Him. How long will He be patient and forgiving of us? How long will He listen to our moaning and complaining when we are such a blessed people? How long will He listen to our double talk, where we claim to be His yet living like the world? What if God truly said, OK that’s enough, I will give them what they deserve?
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father I believe with all my heart that You love me beyond my capacity to understand. Thank You for being so patient with me. Thank You for sacrificing Your one and only Son, so that I might look forward to, and anticipate with great joy, the day that I will unite with You in heaven. Please forgive me where I have failed to represent You in a way pleasing to You. Thank You for the opportunities You send my way where I can witness to those that need to know You personally. May I always be true to my commitment to You and to my service to You. May others truly see Jesus in my actions and in my talk, and because of that may I influence them to know the Savior that I love and adore. You know my heart oh Lord, may my actions always reflect my heart and may it all be pleasing to You.
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