Ch 7:14 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.
2Ch 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
2Ch 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
2Ch 7:17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;
2Ch 7:18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
2Ch 7:19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
2Ch 7:20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.
2Ch 7:21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?
2Ch 7:22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
What God vowed to Israel thousands of years ago, is true for America today. God’s Word is true! We have long forgotten our great God and Savior, Who has made us a great nation, forsaking Him and laying hold on other gods, worshipping them and serving them.
May I remind you today, that God did not call the wicked to repentance in this passage, but He declared, “if MY PEOPLE which are called by MY NAME”. Realize this today, Christian: God is not looking to the salvation of the wicked to turn our country around, He is looking to you and me to turn from OUR wickedness and once again seek His face, humble ourselves, and confess our sins.
Remember what God was looking for, before He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? God was looking for just a handful of righteous people in the midst of a wicked land. That’s all! Someone who would stand against the tide of wickedness in those cities and be a testimony. He couldn’t find any, and therefore destroyed those cities. Today God is looking for His people to, once again, cleanse themselves, stand against the tide of wickedness, and be a testimony of His grace before the lost. If He cannot find them, then our fate will be no different than that of Israel or Sodom and Gomorrah.
Christian, it is up to you and I to come to Jesus, humble ourselves, and turn from our wicked ways. Only then can America become the beacon of hope that she has been in the past to a lost and dying world. May God help us to humble ourselves today!