Everyone with an eye for current events can see that our nation is in crisis. Our country is divided. And even Christ’s Church is experiencing division and persecution. What we need today is another spiritual revival. When King Solomon dedicated his great Temple to the LORD, God blessed him and made him some very special promises. Today we will examine those promises and their application to us. But know and understand that God’s great promises usually come with great conditions.
Our key verse is 2 Chronicles 7:14…
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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
This verse contains some very specific promises along with some very specific conditions. Consider also the context and take note of all the promises God made to Solomon and his people and the many conditions and consequences for not keeping those conditions…
Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.’ “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, then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.” (2 Chronicles 7:12–20, NKJV)
May we be a people who believe and value God’s promises but are also eager to meet God’s conditions being mindful of the severe consequences for that disobedience and sin bring.