2 Chronicles 7:11-22
Solomon finishes the temple and challenges Israel to turn from their wicked ways and return to God. A couple weeks ago, Isaiah was saying almost the same thing. Through their obedience to God, Solomon shares God will consecrate the temple and listen to their prayers. If they seek their own ways and other gods, God would uproot Israel from the land He had given them. He would bring disaster on Israel and make them a ridicule among other nations.
Verse 14 tells us to turn toward Him with humility, and prayer and to seek Him. Humility means admitting He is sovereign, and we need to be selfless in our own lives. Prayer is talking to God on a regular basis to help us in our turn to Him. Seeking Him is making a defined return to Him and shows Him we are able to come before Him in humility. As kids grow up, they finally figure out the world does not revolve around them. When they are young, they want it all. One day, my seven-year old grandson, Brayden, left his stuffed dog, Chase, from Paw Patrol in the car. When I picked him up after school, he hopped in the car, and said,” Chase, I missed you today?” I said, “What about me?” He replied, “BooPa, you have to learn it is not always about you.” My grandsons call me BooPa. Have to love it. At an early age he could not say GrandPa, so he started with BooPa and the name stuck.
Seeking Him is spending time in His Word to better know him. Spend some time in reflection this week to help slow your mind down from the daily grind, rut, routine and rat race – and begin to turn to Him today and every day. See Psalm 46:10 and spend a couple minutes listening and in silence instead of starting with your prayer requests.
Dale Hansen 04/07/2021