If we stop to talk about all the wonders and miracles that God made in front of the people of Israel, I think we would fill thousands and thousands of pages, and if we also stopped to talk about the great mercies, the times He forgave them and of the times that He exhorted them to return to the way, we would not end today either, and that is because our God has been very merciful and we have seen that great mercy applied to our lives, because, He has loved us abundantly and that is why we give glory to His majestic name.
After Solomon had finished with the construction of the temple, the Lord appeared to him and pronounced words to which we must pay close attention:
12 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.
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
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.
2 Chronicles 7:12-14
There is something very important in verse 12 that God speaks to Solomon, and is that He says: “I have heard your prayer”. Here we see that God listens to our prayer, that when we pray we do not pray to the wind, but that there is a God who is listening to us.
Then in verse 13 God gives a brief description of the judgments that God can send to earth, however, He tells Solomon that there are certain things that can stop His judgments on the people of Israel.
1 – The humiliation
The Bible says that God looks at the humble up close and the proud up at a distance. God will never despise a contrite and humiliated heart. And is that the Bible speaks again and again on the subject of humiliation, Peter also says: “Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of God, so that He exalts you when it is time;” (1 Peter 5:6) God always urged the people of Israel towards humiliation and in the same way we should keep humiliated before the Lord.
2 – Call upon the name of God and pray
Our problems are not solved by a professional psychologist or a great therapist for marriages, but when we invoke the name of God, when we pray and cry out to Him, expressing everything in front of His Presence, we are heard by Him and He brings refreshment to our lives. You do not know what to do? Cry and invoke the name of the Lord.
3 – Repentance
Ultimately, God also says: “and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”. The Bible also tells us that God does not want anyone to be lost but that we all proceed to the continual repentance that is in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 3:9). God is a God of forgiveness and this is one of His great attributes, our God forgives and forgives even the greatest sinner.
We can conclude that God seeks us to humble ourselves before Him every day, that we invoke His Name and seek His face every second of our lives.