2 Chronicles 7 & 8: Seek God’s Face
Verse of the Day: (7:14) If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.
1. Fire (7:1-11)
Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. (7:1)
God shown His pleasure of the completion of His majestic house by filling His glory in His house as well as sending fire from heaven to consume the burnt offering and sacrifices after King Solomon had ended his prayer of thanksgiving to Him. The people then worshipped, praised and thanked God, and acknowledged that He is good and His mercy endures for ever. Indeed, let us only please God, and worship Him with reverence and godly fear, as He is a consuming fire who judges all our sins. (Hebrews 12:28-29)
2. Face (7:12-22)
And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. (7:12)
After the completion of God’s house and Solomon’s house, God appeared to Solomon in the night, and reminded him that He shall richly bless Israel if they would trust and obey Him, however, He shall severely chastise them if they would rebel and disobey Him. Sadly, Israel chose to rebel and disobey God, and they reap the consequences of their sins even until today. However, God already knew the heart of Israel, and He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for the sins of the whole world, and whoever believes in Him shall never perish in hell but have everlasting life with Him in heaven. God then chooses the church, a group of His believers, instead of Israel, as the light of the world in this dark world of sins. Indeed, let us humble ourselves, pray and seek God, and turn from our sinful ways, and one day in heaven, we shall see His face, and His name shall be on our foreheads, and we shall serve Him, and also reign with Him forever. (Revelation 22:1-5)
3. Foundation (8:1-18)
Now all the work of Solomon was prepared unto the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished. So the house of the LORD was perfected. (8:16)
God was with Solomon in every stage of His building project, from his father, David’s preparation of the materials, to its foundation and final completion. Indeed, God is with us in every stage of our lives, from our struggles on earth to our promotion to heaven, and let us only build our foundation on Him, as only He shall never fail us. (2 Timothy 2:19)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to seek Your face, trust and obey You now and forever.