Devotional #29 on the way to Resurrection Sunday

Read II Chronicles 7:11-15

11When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, 12the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14if 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. 15Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

PURSUE HEALING and VITALITY

After seven years of labor constructing the Temple, it was dedicated to God. The Lord was present with Israel like fire and filled the Temple with His glory (v.1). The children of God were full of joy and gladness for all the Lord had done for them (v.10).

Then God appeared to Solomon and told him that not every day would be like this. There would necessarily be days of discipline when God would use trials to draw His wandering children back to Himself. God told Solomon there are four keys to healing a wandering heart: humility, prayerseeking God, and turning from evil/repentance.

Today I wonder if you are experiencing a little of God’s drought, spiritually of course. Maybe were experiencing that in the church. Do you have a hunger for more vitality in your life and in the church? If so, maybe we need to personally and corporately refocus on these four keys.

PRAYER:

Father, where my gaze has wandered from your face, lead me back. You know I’ve sought satisfaction in _________, rather than with you. I chose to turn to you, to trust you, and follow the instructions in Your Owners Manual. AMEN.

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