“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 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.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)
When we read this passage, we should resist the urge to think that he is speaking of any nation other than Israel. Remember the context. Solomon had led Israel to build the temple in Jerusalem. God has come to indwell the temple with His manifest presence. Now, God speaks to Solomon, and by extension, to God’s people with a warning.
Simply put, if God’s people and the nation of Israel began to experience judgment, they were encouraged to be quick to humble themselves, seek God’s face in prayer, and turn from their sins.
In their agrarian culture, the main way God revealed His displeasure was to restrict rainfall and send locusts to devour the crops, leaving the land desolate which would threaten poverty and starvation. Their repentant response could return God’s blessing upon their land.
Where we have to be careful in identifying the United States or any other nation with this verse is that only Israel has the land, the nation, and the people tied together with the same destiny. However, I would say that God will bless our nation as we allow the gospel to thrive and righteousness to be exalted. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.”
One thing is for sure, outside of the nation of Israel, the United States of America at its inception possessed governing principles that reflected a biblical worldview more than any other in human history. We have moved far from the foundation that was established centuries ago. What are we to do? As Jesus said, we should become salt that arrests sin’s corruption and light illuminating God’s glory.
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Pray for your church and the church in America to return to God and for God to send a revival that will turn His people back to Him.