2 Chronicles 7:13-15 – “If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and 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, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” NASU
Over the past few years, I’ve heard more and more people saying that what is happening in America is the judgment of God. It may be but that’s not the issue. The issue is my title question – “How do we react or respond to the judgment of God?” Sadly, I’ve heard people call the events of our nation and the world “God’s Judgment” and say it almost gloating and with pleasure. That breaks my heart and I believe breaks God’s heart too! If our nation is under the “Judgment of God” then we believers have a responsibility and duty to apply 2 Chronicles 7:14 to the situation and begin in earnest to “intercede” for the nation and the people.
This is the time of year when many states across this great land find themselves under the siege of “wildfires” and the devastation is frequently catastrophic. This is the time of the year where there is a drought in one area and flooding in another. It is the beginning of hurricane season and that brings incredibly damaging inclement weather. Parts of the country are also sieged with fires, floods, weather-related conditions, economic conditions, and more. The relief agencies, firefighters, police, emergency crews, hospitals, and churches become taxed beyond their capacity to respond fully and adequately. Those suffering need US!
They need us to:
- Become intercessors.
- Volunteer our physical labors, finances, goods, and services.
- Be compassionate.
- Stay on our faces until there is an answer from heaven.
Although I have personally suffered from the drought condition I have not faced the devastation of raging fires, destructive winds or flooding. My economics aside I have been somewhat spared although we are in a dire situation with the cost of my wife’s cancer chemo medications requiring frugality and prioritization. Although I feel the pinch I also feel the compunction of the Holy Spirit to do what I can to help others. The one thing that I feel best equipped to do is PRAY! Judgment, if that is what we are facing, is not designed just to punish but to bring to repentance, reconciliation, and restoration. There are things that I cannot do, at this time, physically but pray I can, have, and will continue to do. However, the crisis is escalating and therefore I will commit to praying more and plead with others to join in with fasting and prayer! Thousands if not millions of lives and families are being negatively affected by the natural disasters, personal economic crunches, and violence. Those conditions and situations will impact them for the rest of their days here on earth.
God’s promise in this passage is that IF we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from wickedness – THEN He will HEAR, FORGIVE, and HEAL the land. If you are a believer it is time that you invested a portion of your day and energy praying! Even if you feel that you have nothing to repent of, repent for the State, the Nation, and the World. Even if you feel that you are not following wicked ways in any fashion, turn your heart toward God more than ever and SEEK HIS FACE! The intercession of Abraham provided an opportunity for Sodom and Gomorrah to escape judgment. The intercession of Moses spared the nation of Israel from God’s hand of judgment. The intercession of God’s people today can turn this devastation and avert further damage. In many ways, we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel but many are still struggling and fearful. I do believe that it is up to us to do more than just say we will pray but to pray more than we say we will.
May God have mercy on us! I pray that we will intercede for the nation and see God’s Restoration! Thank you for your investment and commitment to prayer!
God bless you and may you live in peace and safety!