Archive for January 7th, 2013

2 Chronicles 7

2 Chronicles 7 has the ending to the dedication of the new House of the Lord.  God showed up – really showed up.  Check this out: “As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple”.  Wow – Solomon prays and God is there – instantly and in all His glory.  So much so that no one could even enter the place – not even the priests.  Can you imagine God showing up like that?

He came with a bang and the people recognized Him.  “When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever”.  The people knew God was there.  They were on their faces – not just some – all the people were on their faces in recognition of God’s presence and to give thanks for all He had done.  And they declared the goodness of God and the reality that His steadfast love endures forever.  That is a promise we can all cling to.  God is good, all the time, and His love will endure forever!

The celebration really ramps up at this point.  For seven days they feast and Solomon sacrifices “22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep”.  Can you imagine this amount of sacrifice?  It just shows the magnitude of what Solomon has built.  The people were there together and spent seven days “joyful and glad of heart for the prosperity that the Lord had granted”.  They knew where all this success came from and they were giving praise and celebrating God’s glory.

Scripture tells us that “All that Solomon had planned to do in the house of the Lord and in his own house he successfully accomplished”.  Solomon had a plan – it was God’s plan handed to him through his father David – but he had set his mind to completing it as God instructed, and he did.  There is nothing more powerful than a plan fully executed.  Solomon does exactly that.  He takes a plan, he executes it, and successfully accomplished all that God had asked.  Execution is so important.  It starts with a plan, but it ends with complete execution leading to success.

This chapter contains one of the most famous promises of all time.  God tells us “if 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 and will forgive their sin and heal their land”.  There shouldn’t be any surprises here.  God wants a relationship with us.  He wants to answer our prayers.  This is directed to His people – those who believe in Him – and it demonstrates the power of seeking God humbly through prayer.  God will hear.  God will forgive.  God will heal.  But it starts with our humility.  It then requires us to seek Him through prayer.  And it requires that we repent and turn from our sin.  God wants to make a difference through us – but it depends on us getting into right relationship with Him.  Are you living that way?

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