Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
“So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”
2 Chronicles 6:33
then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, and fear You as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name.
You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters.
“And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, ‘The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:1-22 God’s answer to Solomon’s prayer. – God gave a gracious answer to Solomon’s prayer. The mercies of God to sinners are made known in a manner well suited to impress all who receive them, with his majesty and holiness. The people worshipped and praised God. When he manifests himself as a consuming Fire to sinners, his people can rejoice in him as their Light. Nay, they had reason to say, that God was good in this. It is of the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, but the sacrifice in our stead, for which we should be very thankful. And whoever beholds with true faith, the Saviour agonizing and dying for man’s sin, will, by that view, find his godly sorrow enlarged, his hatred of sin increased, his soul made more watchful, and his life more holy. Solomon prosperously effected all he designed, for adorning both God’s house and his own. Those who begin with the service of God, are likely to go on successfully in their own affairs. It was Solomon’s praise, that what he undertook, he went through with; it was by the grace of God that he prospered in it. Let us then stand in awe, and sin not. Let us fear the Lord’s displeasure, hope in his mercy, and walk in his commandments.
This no doubt is a landmark verse often justly proclaimed at public prayer events. A county, a group of any size, starts with individuals, then families, then congregations, then cities, then countries and finally the world and hopefully heaven.
We read that one must first be called. Fortunately for us, we have life or i wouldn’t be writing this nor would you be reading. In these days since His amazing gracious sacrifice, Jesus calls all who have ears to listen. So that is the first prerequisite we read here. Simple enough.
But that isn’t enough. We are called to 1) humble ourselves 2) pray and seek God 3) repent, turning 180 degrees from our wicked ways we each inherited.
IF we do that, THEN He promises to: 1) hear us from heaven 2) forgiven us 3) heal us.
It is not enough to be ‘one and done’ in regard to fulfilling our call. Scripture tells us we must maintain such a posture.
We must each do that individually but God didn’t leave us alone and ill equipped. Our assurance is His assurance and that is greater than any bank or government or other institution hear on blue moon.
Sweet Jesus. THANKS! Sweet Jesus. THANKS! Sweet Jesus. THANKS!