“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.”
II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
The gap in the middle
I would have to say that this is one of the most misused verses in the whole Bible. I heard many cite it in prayers, shout it at political campaign rallies and cast it as if a spell over all that they hope to do. I doubt that any of them stop and think about its proper context, and even fewer, consider the its vast ramifications.
Solomon had dedicated the temple his father David had designed, and the Lord honored it with His presence. He later honored Solomon in a separate visitation, for the LORD had heard his prayer of dedication. In that prayer, he dedicated the people of Israel to lives of holiness, and obedience, reflecting the true heart of God.
The Lord responded with a promise of blessing and a warning of cursing, for any disobedience.
““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.”
II Chronicles 7:19-20 NKJV
Many attempt to use II Chronicle 7:14 as a call for America, but to do so is a handling of the Old Testament. The proper handling is thus, what is promised to Israel is promised to the spiritual New Testament version of Israel: the individual believers.
“if My people (Christian) who are called by My name (Jesus) 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.”
II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
Most people, when driven to use this Scripture, are more than likely thinking of the sins of other people, those who sin differently than they do. They look at all the people they view as repugnant, and think that if only those people would repent from their sins and turn from their wicked ways, the country would be great again.
In reality, we are all the ones that are subject of the Scripture, for we who are the followers of Jesus are the people called by His name. We are the ones who have been called to turn from our wicked ways, pray for the forgiveness of our sins.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
I Peter 4:17 NKJV
The sins of the people of America are great. We have come the embrace the embodiment of all that is wrong in these later days.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
Not only is this true of those who have not tasted the salvation of our God, but all too often it is the measure of those of us who call ourselves Christians. The world has crept into our numbers, and we have become corrupted.
We have gotten to the point that it is hard for us to be identified as people called by the name of Jesus, for we no longer represent His heart toward those who are poor, those who are the outcast, those who are the stranger, and those who have been traumatized leading to all manner of behavioral outcomes that have deeply affected the safety of our cities.
Most tragic of all, our hearts have grown cold in regard to the power of God, as we actively seek solutions of our own, and neglect the One who saved us.
The gap in the middle.
Christians are on the extremes, opposite ends of a spiritual spectrum, as some have become progressive, others conservative, and few have remained steadfast in fulfilling the great commission the Lord has given us. We have opted to do everything but go and tell of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
He did not call us to go out and make social justice warriors, He did not call us to go out and make patriots, to be consumed with liberal or conservative causes. He did call us to go and make disciples. We have sadly followed our own ways, our own wicked ways, and sought agendas that are not of God.
Worse still, we have sought to anoint all that we do under the banner of “doing God’s work”, whether it be driving the poor into homelessness, cutting funds to the indigent, advancing abortion rights, normalizing perversions and abominations, or complaining about all the people storming into America from countries where the United States has previously meddled and destabilized.
All those evils exist because we have not followed through with our calling. Imagine what the world would be like if we had.
Brothers and sisters, we do need to repent.
I tell you the truth, the country as we know it is on life support, for we are divided so deeply that there is no hope that anything will be done. Those of us who called by the name of Jesus, must be about the business of leading people to the Lord.
The Lord Jesus is coming soon, and He will heal the land. He is coming to redeem the world, remaking it, making all things new. Let us humble ourselves, and pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven. We have much work to do and there is little time.
Let us be reminded that we are citizens of Heaven, and we are but pilgrims in the here and now. We are waiting the arrival of an un shakable Kingdom that is to come. Let us keep our minds focused on that, and not wrapped up in this world that is passing away.
May we be the people who fill the gap in the middle, dedicated to the furtherance of the Gospel, dedicated to making disciples, citizens of heaven, and occupants of that new land.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.””
Revelation 21:1-5 NKJV
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