Today’s bible study 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
This is a somewhat difficult verse, since it is always important to try to understand it in the time, place and setting in which it was written before seeking ways in which we can apply it to our lives today. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary explains it as: God's answer to Solomon's prayer. God gave a gracious answer to Solomon's prayer. The mercies of God to sinners are made known in a manner well suited to impress all who receive them, with his majesty and holiness. The people worshipped and praised God. When he manifests himself as a consuming fire to sinners, his people can rejoice in him as their light.
We are not Solomon and most of us do not possess the wisdom of Solomon; we live in the twenty-first century and we have computers, laptops or smart phones if we are able to see this page. The times are very different, but the message is ever the same. It is as applicable for us as it was for Solomon so long ago.
If we are to be called by God’s name, if we are to be called His children, His people or His followers, we are asked to pray to be forgiven our wicked ways. As Christians, we do consider ourselves to be children of God, and we are, painfully at times, aware that we have sinned. We may not want to think that we have ‘wicked ways,’ but we have all overlooked something that Jesus would have wanted us to do or done something that God would not have wanted his children to do. In many ways, small and large, we have sinned. And we humbly seek forgives from God our father.
When we go to church, we generally say a prayer of forgiveness. It may take different forms in different places of worship, but the meaning is the same: God, forgive your people who have sinned against you. This does not have to happen only in church. It does not have to happen only on Sunday, We can ask forgiveness many times during the course of the day simply by praying momentarily in the silence of our hearts.
And, with forgiveness, comes healing. It may be healing of our land, our families, our friendships, our relationship with Jesus, of healing of out hardened or broken hearts and spirits. With forgiveness a burden is let go. The pressure is released from us. We can take a deep breath and exhale a sigh of relief. We can know that, once again, we are right with ourselves and with our God. We can be healed.
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