From time to time, a verse will jump out at me and have a specific, intense significance in my life. A truth is exerted into my very being that shakes my core and lifts my awareness of Biblical truth and refreshes my spirit in a multitude of ways.
On another note, I like Food Network.
One of the things they do on the competition show on Food Network is called deconstruction. This is a process by which chefs take a dish that is known by a specific recipe and use the ingredients in a different way, essentially taking the dish apart and using its elements individually.
I have done this with scripture on my blog before, so I thought I would give it a name. So, from time to time, I will “deconstruct” a verse phrase by phrase and write the truths that jump out at me. Let’s begin…
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 7:14
At FBC-FH, we selected this verse to be used during worship services set aside for prayer for revival. I couldn’t get this verse out of my head the other night.
if my people who are called by my name
Those who proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord are God’s people. According to Galatians 3:29, “…if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
Pride gets in the way of blessing.
and pray and seek my face
This verse is part of God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 6. If we are called by God, we should desire to communicate with Him. It is a privilege to pray, and one I am guilty of being “too busy” to do at times.
and turn from their wicked ways,
If you continue reading this chapter, you will see that this passage is both a promise and a warning. Repentance is key to being a part of a movement of God and a precursor to blessings.
then I will hear from heaven
We serve a present, invested, interested, all-loving God. This phrase is not implying that God is not omniscient. He doesn’t tune out His people. It implies that only those who truly seek God truly follow God, a prerequisite to answered prayer.
and will forgive their sin
Forgiveness of sin by a perfect, sinless, matchless God is a blessing in and of itself. The very fact that our wickedness (Acts 8:22) is forgiven upon repentance is grace beyond measure.
and heal their land.
Not just their land, but their relationship with Himself.