2 Chronicles 7:14
… if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
These three passages have a common theme. The Lord God of Israel through a prophet has told the Israelites that in order to get out of the predicament that they were currently in because they chose to turn their backs on God and do things their way. Is just to simply turn back to God and walk in the path of righteousness.
Second Chronicles covers the time from Solomon’s ascension to the throne in 971 BC until the southern kingdom of Judah was finally carried into exile in Babylon in 586 BC. The focus of this book is on Judah. The author, more than likely Ezra, was more concerned with telling the story of David’s descendants, who reigned over Judah, than with the history of the northern kingdom of Israel. The centrality of Jerusalem, where the temple was located, falls in line with the book’s overarching focus on the priesthood as well.
The post-exilic Judaians needed a reminder of who their God was and how He worked word choice. History provided the best lesson for them. The author uses the history of Judah to demonstrate that God blesses His people when they remain faithful and joyfully worship the Lord.
Larry Richards in his Bible Reader’s Companion stated that:
“History itself is a call to worship and an invitation to hope. If the struggling community of Jews in Judah will put God first as did godly generations of the past, and show their commitment by a similar zeal for worship, the Lord will surely show His faithfulness to them. The line of David will yet again take Zion’s throne and the kingdom of God be established over all the earth.”
In Micah the minor prophet writes of a prophecy during the momentous years surrounding the tragic fall of Israel to the Assyrian Empire in 722 BC, an event he also predicted in Micah 1:6
So I, the Lord, will make the city of Samaria a heap of ruins.
Her streets will be plowed up for planting vineyards.
I will roll the stones of her walls into the valley below,
exposing her foundations.
During this period, while Israel was imploding from the effects of evil and unfaithful leadership, Judah seemed to be on a roller-coaster ride—ascending to the heights of its destiny in one generation, only to fall into the doldrums in another. In Judah at this time, the reign of good kings and evil kings alternated.
Much of Micah’s indictment against Israel and Judah involves these nations’ injustice toward the lowly—unjust business dealings, robbery, mistreatment of women and children, and government leaders who lived in luxury off the hard work of its nation’s people.
Jeremiah found himself addressing a nation hurtling headlong toward judgment from God. The Israelites may have feared the future as the outside powers drew near, but rather than respond with humility and repentance, the people of Judah primarily lived as islands unto themselves, disregarding both the Lord’s commandments and the increasing danger that resulted from their disobedience.
Jeremiah’s ministry began in 627 BC and ended sometime around 582 BC with his prophecy to the Israelites who fled to Egypt. For the majority of this time, Jeremiah based his ministry out of Jerusalem. The southern kingdom of Judah fell during Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry in 586 BC, having been threatened for many years by outside powers—first Assyria and Egypt and then by their eventual conquerors, Babylon.
This sounds a little familiar doesn’t it? This time of craziness that is plaguing our great nation. This time of out right greediness and disdain for our fellow men who may not be as blessed as us. This time of voices of evil intent who are trying to pull us away from the message of the Gospel. They Who try to water down Christanity so much that it doesn’t matter anymore. Those who recoil at the mention of Holy Scripture like a mirror revealing a dirty face as it says in Romans 3:20
…by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
We see it today throughout all of the nation and in our cultures the lack of knowledge of sin but also the outright lack of education. That we can lay at the feet of the liberal elite that has succeeded in brain washing the younger generations into these spineless pod people who are triggered at the slightest little thing.
The horror that some feel today when the Gospel is shared or read.should compel us to act. I feel that today, that right now God is holding back his punishment of our nation because He knows great Godly men are answering his call to preach the Gospel and that a revival is coming to our land.
“ If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways”
the first thing that we need to do is humble ourselves. That’s right we need to get on our knees and confess our sins as a nation as well as our own personal sins. I know that we are not perfect as God’s creatures, Christians far from it but if we are humble enough to acknowledge that we need to die to self daily. But also remember that if we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness as it says in 1st John 1:9
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:7-10
The second thing that we should do as Christians is pray.
Paul tells us to pray without ceasing and to give thanks in all things. Is he asking us to be on our knees 24/7? No he is telling is to remember what was told to us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “lean not on thy own understanding but acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.”
“What does it mean to pray without ceasing?
I think it means three things. First, it means that there is a spirit of dependence that should permeate all we do. This is the very spirit and essence of prayer. So, even when we are not speaking consciously to God, there is a deep, abiding dependence on him that is woven into the heart of faith. In that sense, we “pray” or have the spirit of prayer continuously.
Second – and I think this is what Paul has in mind most immediately – praying without ceasing means praying repeatedly and often. I base this on the use of the word “without ceasing” (adialeiptos) in Romans 1:9, where Paul says, “For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you.” Now we can be sure that Paul did not mention the Romans every minute of his prayers. He prayed about many other things. But he mentioned them over and over and often. So “without ceasing” doesn’t mean that verbally or mentally we have to be speaking prayers every minute of the day. But we should pray over and over and often. Our default mental state should be: “O God . . .”
Third, I think praying without ceasing means not giving up on prayer. Don’t ever come to a point in your life where you cease to pray at all. Don’t abandon the God of hope and say, “There’s no use praying.” Go on praying. Don’t cease.”
So we should humble ourselves, pray, seek his face.
We can seek his face by making sure we walk with Him daily. You have to remember that your salvation wasn’t finished as soon as you prayed the sinner’s prayer. You have to continually press toward that high mark. Your relationship with Christ is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We are commanded to feast on his word daily. The bible is our spiritual food. We need Christians to wean themselves off the bottle and get into the meat of the word like Paul says in Hebrews 5:11-14
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
We today need a spiritual army to fight. The war is upon us. Satan has mustered up the liberal elite, the subversive left wing content creators that is Hollywood and NYC, the closet communionists that is ANTIFA and the Ivory Tower academic crybabies who whine every time that someone is bold enough to tell the truth and back it up with facts.
Where are the Christians who will stand up and say enough is enough? I am taking back my country and my culture. This country was founded on Christian Principles. You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed.
We need strong Christians who understand and follow Micah 6:8 and seek Justice, love kindness, and who will walk humbly with God. We need bible preaching churches to get out into the mission field that is the United States and preach that the Gospel is what will cure the ills of our land.
All the issues that have boiled up this year can be answered with one simple truth For God so Loved the world that he gave his only Son so that no one should ever have to face hell but know that they have that eternal life that is in Christ Jesus and that if we are truly Christians that we love one another.
I will close with this. Let us go and look for the ancient paths, the Word of God, where the good way lies. Let us go back to Bethel as Jacob did and pray to God who answered us in our many times of distress. And let us turn from our wicked ways so that we can seek His face and heal this land.
Let us Pray