Just A Thought...

Our perception these days is that there is a lot wrong with our country and the time in which we live. The economy is bad. Our retirement funds are decimated. The stock market is down and our investments are performing poorly. There are draughts in some places and floods in others. Wild fires are burning up vast acreage and people are losing their property. Foreclosures are taking other houses. People are losing their jobs through no fault of their own. There is a scare of a flu pandemic and people are dying. There is no shortage of negatives to hook our victim wagon to.

Beginning in Chapter 2 of 2 Chronicles we read about Solomon building the Temple in Jerusalem. The next few chapters deal with how it was built, how it was furnished and how it was dedicated to the Lord. Chapter 6 details a magnificent prayer of dedication by Solomon. Chapter 7 tells us that fire came down from heaven to consume the sacrifices and the “glory of the LORD filled the house.” Solomon and the people then sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. They continued to party and feast for several days. It was a time for celebration and must have been a spectacular sight.

Chapter 7 concludes with God’s promise and warning.

 

11Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD and the king's palace, and successfully completed all that he had planned on doing in the house of the LORD and in his palace. 12Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13"If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15"Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 16"For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17"As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 18then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, 'You shall not lack a man to be ruler in Israel.' 19"But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 21"As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?' 22"And they will say, 'Because they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.'" 2 Chronicles 7:11-22


God honors His people’s prayers. Maybe to reverse this adversity we are currently facing it would be wise to heed verse 14 "and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Just a thought . . .

Paul Nickoley

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