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.
2 Chronicles 7:14
King Solomon had completed the biggest project of his reign. He built the temple of God. What an honor! Although this was a dream of his father, David, God chose to give this project to Solomon. It was magnificent and would become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This day, the day for the dedication of the temple, was for God. Solomon made sure to try to show God his love and admiration. He sacrificed thousands of burnt offerings in an attempt to show God how much he cared. He prayed earnestly that God would be pleased with his efforts and that God would honor this place as His dwelling place.
Solomon also prayed about the sins of the people. Not their current sins, but their future sins. Being wise, Solomon knew how hard it was to walk according to the law. He struggled with it and knew his people did also. But He loved God and he wanted to be assured that their sins would not separate them too far from God. God responded to Solomon’s prayer in an awesome way. First, He sent fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice. He then filled the temple with His glory so strongly that the priest could not enter in. Finally, He verbally responded to Solomon’s prayer in a dream about a week later. It is from this response that we get our promise for today.
God explains the power that the people have concerning judgments that would come as a result of sin. He tells Solomon that if He decides to judge the people by drought, locust or sickness, that there is a way out. If His people, which are called by His name, would humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will He hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. Again, we see Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals, at work. Even in the face of sin, God is ready to heal. Healing is truly in God’s nature.
Although this seems like a pretty easy formula to follow, the children of Israel were not able to do it on a consistent basis. As a result, they lost the land that God had promised to heal and are still, to this very day fighting for the promised land that God gave them.
For the New Testament Christian, this verse can be summed up in one word, JESUS. It is through Jesus that we humble ourselves before God. It is in the name of Jesus that we now pray. It is through Jesus that we seek the face of God since Jesus said if we see Him, we see the Father. It is through Jesus that we have access to the Holy Spirit, whereby we can trade our wicked ways, or works of the flesh, for the fruit of the Spirit. And finally, it is through Jesus that we realize the promise. God hears us from heaven, He forgives our sins and He heals our land.
God is my Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals. I thank God for my salvation through Jesus Christ. I thank God for the abiding Holy Spirit. I rejoice and am grateful for the fact that God hears us from heaven, forgives our sins and heals our land. In Jesus’ name, Amen