Scripture: 2 Chronicles 6-7, Psalm 135, Romans 4

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Observation/application

God gave this beautiful (and often quoted) promise to King Solomon after the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem.  Immediately after a huge spiritual high, God reminds Solomon (and us) that we are prone to wander and He is willing to forgive.

God will accept any heart that is turned towards Him.  If we will humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways, God will hear, forgive and heal.

Solomon had just completed a mammoth 7 year building project, and held a weeklong celebration, dedicating this beautiful temple to God.  And after the dedication, God had filled the temple with his presence.

2 Chronicles 7: 1-3 When King Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and burnt up the sacrifices that had been offered, and the dazzling light of the Lord’s presence filled the Temple. 2Because the Temple was full of the dazzling light, the priests could not enter it. When the people of Israel saw the fire fall from heaven and the light fill the Temple, they fell face downwards on the pavement, worshipping God and praising him for his goodness and his eternal love.

Imagine the sense of fulfillment and joy at the end of the project, and then the sense of awe and wonder at seeing God’s dazzling light!  The idea of ignoring God, wandering from God, or disobeying God would be the farthest thing from your mind.  And yet, later that night, God told Solomon it would happen…and that He would still be faithful.

We are, in the words of the hymn, “prone to wander.”  And thank God, He is prone to forgive and take us back.  Every time.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your boundless grace that accepts every heart that turns toward you.