Joe Moore, Pastor of Care
“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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
This verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a clear statement of God’s desire for His relationship with the nation of Israel. He wants to forgive them and heal the land and see them experience His blessing in their lives. When His people who are called by His name turn their backs on Him, there is no other recourse than discipline. In our readings for today, Jehoiachin, king of Judah, could have chosen to lead the nation of Israel back to a close relationship with God. As a result of his decision to continue in a direction that was far from revival, God chose to use Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, to overthrow Jerusalem and take Jehoiachin and his people into captivity. Jehoiachin’s reign as king of Judah was spent as an exile. I believe wholeheartedly that if Jehoiachin would have repented and turned back to God, his experience would have been much different. God would have made good on His promise and forgiven them and healed their land and blessed them.
What is it about human nature that lures us to settle for less than the best, and twists our thinking to believe that we are experiencing the best? For almost 40 years Jehoiachin reigned from jail in exile with his people. I wonder if he ever considered repenting and turning back to God, or if he was so self-centered and selfish that it was all about him and his suffering.
My prayer for today is that God would keep my eyes open to Him so that I will clearly see his direction in my life.