2 Chronicles 7:14 contains a piece of ancient Israel’s history that we cannot afford to misplace. There is no place to which anyone needs to look or go for access to God, and if the land was diseased in Solomon’s reign (!) it is in critical condition and on life support today.
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.
Step one: a formidable hurdle
Humility is practically a dead mule, eclipsed by gender, ethnic and tribal biases. People only talk about humility when they are looking for an advancement or some kind of promotion.
Furthermore there is this notion that every Christian is some kind of head, as opposed to the tail. Is not this head-tail tale what the Jewish people have been telling us all along, even though we know that they never accepted the performance of God’s will?
- humble myself (control or subdue)
- pray (petition or supplicate)
- seek Yahweh’s face
- turn from my wicked ways
The promised outcomes are:
- hear from heaven (a personal reply)
- forgive sin
- heal the land
- God, especially Christ, is higher than heaven
- Christ did not die to save or heal land
- Sins are forgiven in mercy and grace
- One wicked way of unbelief is the virus
Does the land of Israel look healed? Do Jews appear to have controlled or subdued themselves? To whom are they praying when there is no house of prayer and no sign of the holy name?
Faith saves and keeps us healthy and God happy
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
2 Corinthians 5:7
for we walk by faith, not by sight.