Chances are, you’ve noticed various billboards in our area that feature words from a verse in the Bible — that is, from 2 Chronicles 7:14.
This verse says: “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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV).
Who is the verse talking about when it says, “My people who are called by My name”? In its original context, this would refer to the Israelites. Today, we could apply the words to Christians, since the New Testament speaks of Christians as being God’s people (1 Peter 2:9-10).
Notice that the passage encourages God’s people to do three things: (1) humble themselves; (2) pray and seek God’s face; and (3) turn from their wicked ways. Think about each of these with me.
First, the verse speaks of God’s people humbling themselves. This makes me think of Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Jesus said, “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’