Summary: Using our greatest weapon in order to defeat our greatest enemy and bring revival to our land.
If My People…
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The sentence, as it continues, forms what is probably the best known and most loved verse in all Chronicles. It expresses, as does no other passage in the Bible, the stipulations that God lays down for a nation to experience his blessing, whether that nation be Solomon’s, Ezra’s, or our own. Those who have been chosen to be his people must cease from their sins, turn from living lives of proud self-centeredness, pray to the Lord, and yield their desires to his Word and his will. Then, and only then, will he grant heaven-sent revival.
Our situation in this nation cannot be solved by human means, we need Divine intervention to bring this country back to being a God-fearing, Christian nation. Jesus told his disciples Apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
God tells the Nation of Israel and us that apart from Him we have No Savior (Is 43:11), No God (Is 44:6), and that there is no God apart from Him (Is 45:5, 21). But this is getting ahead of ourselves.
The sentence starts IF MY PEOPLE. Who are His People? We know that the term Christian means “little Christ”, or “Christ like.” Yet I could not find meaning for the terms Hebrew or Jew. We first see the term used in the Book of Esther, referring to Mordacai. It was used to describe a descendant of Judah. It described the exiles during the time of Persian captivity. But what does the term mean, the best I could come up with is a covenant people.
Therefore this covenant people are called. We are His People. We are called by His Name.
That is another story, what is the name of God. Again looking at Scripture we see that God has many names. The list is just a few.
Elohim (Hebrew for GOD)
I AM (Exodus 3:14)
Jehovah-jireh The God who provides
Jehovah-rapha the God who Heals
Jehovah-Shalom (the Lord our peace)
Jehovah-ra-ah (the Lord my shepherd)
Jehovah Sabaoth (the Lord of hosts)
El- Shaddai the God who always sees
Adonai (our master)
If MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME.
What are we called to do?
Stop being so full of ourselves and realize that whatever we have, we have because of God and not of ourselves. God will visit when his people reach a point of desperation. When we surrender that pride, the idea that we can do pretty good on our own, and we get down on our knees and admit things are not as they should be, then God will come to His people.
It is calling us to come down to earth so to speak. To humble ourselves is to recognize God for who he is. It reminds me of a line I heard in the movie "Rudy." The priest tells Rudy, in all my years I have learned 2 things, there is God, and I am not Him. The blessings we have are not because of us, but because of God. Humble ourselves, bring ourselves low and exalt GOD.
SEEK HIS FACE
That is to come before Him to seek what His Will is in any and every situation. We read His word and do what IT says not what we think it says. To seek His face is to desire an audience with Him.