Friday, May 22

A famous verse—and a call to action

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

2 Chronicles 7:13–14 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.

Observation

2 Chronicles 7:14 is a famous verse, often quoted and hung on walls.  But notice the context.

King Solomon had just dedicated the Temple in an elaborate ceremony climaxed by a long prayer.  One night soon after, God appeared to Solomon and affirmed that He had heard his prayers.  God warned that He might send judgment on the nation in the form of drought or insects or plague.  Then this verse—14—calling God’s people to humble themselves, pray, seek His face and repent, and God promises that He would hear, forgive and restore their land.

Application

This verse is always applicable—it’s always good to humble yourself, pray, seek God’s faee and repent—but never more than now!  We are facing a plague, a pandemic that has disrupted our lives, our nation and our world.  It’s time for us to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and repent!

I’m not saying that God sent the coronavirus as a judgment.  I don’t know if He did or He didn’t.  He could have—but I don’t know that and don’t claim to know that.  

But whether He did or not, we’re facing an international disaster that could last for some time.  And we need God’s help!  Besides those who get sick or die from the virus, many millions of others are facing financial ruin, and tens of millions are facing death by starvation.  The potential worldwide impact is far graver than the inconvenience of quarantine.

In times like this, God’s people are called to humility, prayer, seeking God’s face and repentance.  I’m taking some extra time today to do just that.  I’m getting on my knees, humbling myself before God, and asking Him to “restore our land.”

Would you join me?

Prayer: Lord, we humble ourselves and cry out to You; we turn from our wicked ways and seek Your face.  Please forgive us, heal us, and restore our land.  Have mercy on us!