II Chronicles 7:14 - A Literal Verse with a Literal Meaning

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Does God mean what He says? Does God say what He means? Absolutely! So what are we to do with II Chronicles 7:14? Claim it! “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.”

What exactly does this verse mean? It means, “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.”

Many will argue this is not a promise for today. I understand the context of the verse. I understand this verse was given to the Old Testament Jew under Solomon. However, it is still applicable for us as God’s children today.

God Never Changes

God never changes. His promises never change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be afraid to simply claim the verse.

God gave it to you for a reason, so take advantage of it. II Chronicles 7:14 is a conditional promise. God will do His part, but we must first do our part. If we are not faithful to do our part, God is under no obligation to fulfill His promise. But, if we come to Him in faith, know “. . . that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6b)

So what is our part? How do we accomplish it to make way for God’s blessings? I am not suggesting we accomplish humility as a means of receiving blessings. We are to seek humility because God is God, and for no other reason; however blessing is always a by-product of obedience.

Humility is a simple word, but it is so very necessary when seeking the presence of God. The term, “. . . shall humble themselves . . .” is described as “A primitive root; properly to bend the knee; hence to humiliate, vanquish: - bring down (low), into subjection, under, humble (self), subdue (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance; H3665). The Free Dictionary.com gives us these thoughts: “1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful. 2. Showing deferential or submissive respect . . .3. Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly . . . To curtail or destroy the pride of; humiliate.2. To cause to be meek or modest in spirit.3. To give a lower condition or station to; abase . . . “ How do you measure up?

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Humility

When we humble ourselves we bend the knee, and bow in worship. We bring ourselves low, and lift high our great God. We bring ourselves into subjection to the King, the supreme ruler of the universe, and we recognize Him as such. This is the beginning of revival, but there is much more.

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Prayer

The next responsibility mentioned in II Chronicles 7:14 is – to pray. Prayer in its simplest form means to ask. Ask God to work in your life. Ask Him to work in your family, your church, and your nation. Ask Him to save the lost, to return backsliders, to send a powerful movement of His Spirit among His people. He is true to His word – “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Remember, God means what He says.

Next, in preparation for revival, we are told to seek His face. Whose face? His face. We know from the Word and from practical experience, a change in politics will not save us. We know economic growth will not make a difference. We know that a moral majority will leave the country unchanged. It is God, and God alone who is able to bring lasting change and peace to a nation riddled with failures.

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Seeking

Hosea 6:1 tells us, “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.” Run to Him for healing. Allow Him to be the one to bind your bleeding wounds.

The wise men sought the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1-11). The woman with the issue of blood sought Jesus in a throng of hundreds (Mark 5:25-29). Zacchaeus sought out Jesus by climbing a sycamore tree (Luke 19:2-5). Nicodemus went seeking Jesus under the cover of darkness (John 3:1,2).

The set of circumstances is different in each case. Different people are involved. The times were different. The locations were different. But yet there are at least two commonalities. These four sought Jesus, but there is yet another common thread in these stories. All four found Jesus. Why? Because they sought Him.

In each case those who sought after Jesus found Him. He promises us that if we seek Him, we will, without fail, find him. Isaiah 55:6 tells us to “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near." There will be a time when God will no longer be available for the people of earth. Out of all the thousands of promises in the Bible, tomorrow is not one of them. Again, we are told in II Corinthians 6:2, “. . . behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Yes, Isaiah says we are to seek Him, but the time is now.

David tells us this in I Chronicles 28:9 – “. . . if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.” Notice there are two promises given here. The first and most precious promise is that if we seek Him, we will find Him. The flip-side of that coin, and second promise is that if we do not seek Him, we will not find Him. Furthermore, if we find Him and forsake Him, He will forsake us. We will not forfeit relationship, but we will definitely forfeit fellowship. It is without a doubt, time to seek the Lord.


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Repentance

Lastly, II Chronicles 7:14 tells us to turn from our wicked ways. The fourth element to this conditional promise is that we be free of sin. Keep short accounts of sin. Strive to follow the Saviour, and honor Him with your life. We have promises regarding this matter as well. I John 1;9 makes it clear that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The condition – we must confess. The promise – He is faithful to forgive and cleanse.

But know this – “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1, 2).

In other words, holiness is a requirement for revival. Holiness – that is a word we do not often hear in these times. It is however, still in the Bible. Leviticus 20:7 commands us to, “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.” What about the New Testament? “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy )” I Peter 1:15, 16).


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Response

God’s part in all of this? “. . . then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Do you really want to see God work in your life? Do you really want to see God close the bars in town? Get rid of the porn, and strip joints? Do you really want to see God heal the drug addicts? Perhaps here is a better question. Do you really believe God can do it?

If not, you need to seek Him. You need to get to know who your God really is. The way back is the Way to God. We read in Deuteronomy 4:29, “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

The journey to the face of God will not be easy. It will require your whole heart. It will require your whole soul. Do you hunger and thirst after God? Do you need Him like you need the air you breathe? Do you long for Him in the night? If you do, those deep desires can be satisfied by seeking after Him with all your being.

Jesus says in Matthew 22:37, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Our entire being is to be centered on Him. The road to revival, whether it be personal or corporate, is not seeking revival, but seeking God. The road is straight and narrow; very hard to stay on, but yet it is possible. You can claim revival today, but only if you are willing to pay the price. Are you willing? That is the question you must answer

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

God never changes...truth never changes....God=Truth? :)


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

"It is God, and God alone who is able to bring lasting change and peace to a nation riddled with failures." We [the nation] ought to try taking the verse literally --all 5 steps--and prove God. Thanks for a great devotional today!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Bill, I like your math - works for me!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi MsDora,

It is certainly my prayer that we as a nation would prove God. I know He'll be faithful if we would only humbly approach His throne. Thanks for staying by the stuff!


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GodTalk 2 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Thanks for all you do Bill. We all need to stand strong during this time when our nation is so far from God. I appreciate it that you are showing us our part in leading it back to truth. Continue doing what you do. God bless.


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Pamela Bush 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

HI lifegate;

I fear that many turn to our Lord in a time of trouble in their lives thinking that, after trying for years to do things by their own strength and failing, God as a last resort will perhaps provide all the desires of their hearts. Unfortunately, after turning to God and inviting Him into their lives they quickly become discouraged when their desires are not immediately fulfilled because they sought Him for all the wrong reasons. Many grow cold towards God and turn away from Him because they have no knowledge of the cost that they would have to pay.

Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost a faithful follower everything. It is written: "Whoever began to build a tower without first considering the cost?" and " whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."

People seeking God must realize that the blessing of God is the destruction of the carnality along with all of it worldly desires. To seek God thinking that His will is to help a believer accomplish the lusts of their flesh is a "fools" errand. God desires to turn the hearts of believers from worldly desires to heavenly desires and He accomplishes that through the progressive eroding of the carnal thoughts and desires until the heart is fully cleansed.

Believers need to understand that they must seek God with a burning desire to do His will and forsake their own. His thoughts must become their thoughts; His desires must become their desires until their hearts have been transformed. Believers must accept the fact that they are to cursify their flesh - sacrifice their carnality - lay down their carnal lives and live as a new creation full submitted to Him.

People need to be fully aware of the cost and seek God prepared to lay down their lives for Him. When many are willing and prepared to pay the full price revival will begin.

Great Article lifegate.


Tina Truelove 2 years ago

I have not been as active on HubPages as I once was but I'm certainly glad I decided to read this. I love 2 Chronicles 7:14 and it is on my mind and my heart more lately than ever before.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good to see you, Pam.

You said it well. The Christian life reminds me of a quote by John F. Kennedy when he was president. I may not have it word for word, but it went something like this - "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country."

We live in a Heavenly citizenship. It's not about what God can do for us (He's already done more for us than we deserve), but what can we do for Him. We think it's all about us when in reality it's about Him. We think He owes us, but in reality we owe Him a price we can never repay. Our love for Christ ought to be more than our love for self. Sad to say, most often that's not the case.

Thanks for coming by and adding to the conversation.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Wow! Tina,

I'm so glad to have you stop by. I've missed seeing you around, but glad you were to stop by for this one. Have you written any articles lately? I'll have to get over and see what's new.Tthanks again for stopping by and making my day!


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Tamarajo 2 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Hi Bill, voted up and wish there was a selection for inspiring. You make an excellent call with solid Biblical backing.

"Ah Lord God you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power nothing is too difficult for you"

God Bless!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

"nothing is too difficult for you" - I almost cried when i read that. I think sometimes we don't really know our God, but there is nothing, absolutely nothing He can't do (except sin, etc.) I'm so glad we're part of His family now and in eternity to come. Thanks for the encouragement.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Truth...that has really been on my heart Bill. Christians who do not know the truth (well professing Christians anyway). Especially here at HP there are so many thinking we are just all going to heaven no matter what and all backing each other up and coming against anyone who says it's not true like you hate if you say everyone is not going to heaven. The sad thing is these are people you can like and they aren't bad, no. They love everyone, so why wouldn't God want everyone in heaven? It is so hard to talk to people with this attitude and no matter what you say they won't listen and apparently they have never read the bible. It is just so frustrating. I have stopped by here several times and not left a comment because I just cannot get this off my mind.

I would ask where this new mind set is coming from to believe we will all meet in heaven but I know; but it is just so hard to talk to them when they make you out to be so mean. They don't care what the truth is; it is whatever they say it is. End of story.

How do you handle that?


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jackie,

If you will be patient, I'd like to address this in a hub. As I think how to answer I realize there are too many things to consider. I'll try to get on it shortly. I think the short answer is a lack of holiness. Very few preach holiness any more. Yes, God is loving, but His main attribute is holiness. His love stems from His holiness, and holiness demands justice. Thanks for the thought, and I'll get to it soon!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

OK I will be patient; I hope you will give your advice too on talking to people like this that attack the truth and will not even look for themselves to see what God says but are just so sure they know Him well so they can guess. Heavy on my heart...thank you so much.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I'll try to be as thorough as I can. What I miss let me know, and I'll try to address it. I have one more "revival" hub coming before TGAF September 5, but I'll get on it right after the Fast. In the meantime, know I'm praying for you and the people who don't care.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

lol...Alright; thank you and I am not pushing you to hurry so please don't. That you are getting something together for all to read and maybe get something from is enough. Up and sharing.


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA

I truly enjoyed this hub. What a good job shairng God's message.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Barbara,

Glad it was beneficial for you, and thanks for the added encouragement.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Please explain the phrase "then will I hear from heaven". It seems backwards to me for your interpretation. It sounds like he is waiting to hear from heaven and the phrase should read "then I will hear (you) from heaven". Is this a mistranslation from the original?


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi MizBejabbers,

No it's not a mistranslation. I believe what is being said is that if we approach God with a humble, repentant spirit, seeking His face in prayer, that He will hear the prayer of His people from His throne in Heaven. In other words, God is in Heaven and we on earth, and He will hear the prayers of a sincere, righteous people from His throne. It has the same idea as you said, "then I will hear (you) from heaven". Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by.

Bill

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