During times of difficulty we are often drawn to II Chronicles 7:14 for comfort and direction. Unfortunately we hone in on this one verse and miss the totality of the message. In II Chronicles 7:12-16 we find a message in response to Solomon’s plea to God (chapter 6) on behalf of the people.
2 Chronicles 7:12-16
12 And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. (KJV)
Perhaps it appears that God is not responsive to us during these troubling times when in reality we have not fully embraced the instructions in verse 14. We believe that if we pray God is going to make everything all right (heal the land). We should pray, but it takes more than that. In addition to prayer God called for His people to
- humble themselves
- seek His face
- turn from their wicked ways
His response to obedience is to forgive our sin, heal the land and continually turn His eyes and heart to the prayers of His people.
In James 4:2-3 we are told that we have not because we ask not or we ask with the wrong motive or intention. Matthew 6:33 admonishes us to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We do need God during these difficult times and we are seeking visible evidence of His presence.
So Where is God?
Just as the prophet Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel when their god was silent suggesting “either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping, some are mocking Christians today with similar thoughts. My advice for today is to ignore the naysayers for our God is not meditating, busy, on a journey or sleeping.
God has not moved. We must remember, God’s ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts and His timing is not according to our timetable.
In time, God will heal our land. In the meantime, let the collective unified body of Christ get busy in obedience to His directives. We must move closer to God.