2 Chronicles (@paulblakey)

2 Chronicles – mainly focussing on Solomon’s reign with special focus on the glory of the Temple. Future King’s in relation to the spiritual state of the nation shows the spiritual state of the leader of the nation has a direct impact on the nations success or failure – a King right with God sees the nation prosper, a King not right with God sees a nation fall.

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 tells us “the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshipped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying: ‘He is good, his love endures for ever.’

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Standing in Awe

 

Wouldn’t that be amazing to witness today? No more ‘church as usual’ because the glory of the Lord filled the temple that no-one could enter our buildings of worship and the pavements outside were filled with passer-bys faces to the ground worshipping the Lord!

Maybe the key is found later on in verse 14: “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

How desperate are we to partner with God in order to heal our land?

Because of the work of Street Angels – CNI Network I tend to watch programmes and trends around alcohol and night-time issues. Recently a number of TV programmes (such as ‘Under Age and Over The Limit’ and ‘What Happens in Kavos and Sunny Beach’) and the ‘neknominate’ trend on social media have highlighted the self-worth many people, especially young people, have. Often aware of the health effects and dangers of alcohol they carry on regardless and get themselves into situations that ‘neknominate’ has shown can lead to death. Generally after watching these programmes my thoughts are ‘are we failing a generation?’

Is the glory of the Lord needed to help people see that God is good and his love for us endures forever? Maybe we need to partner with God to show people they have a purpose, a plan, a reason for living – to demonstrate love that goes beyond a cocktail of alcohol and a momentary feel-good experience and the lie that culture has fed them?

Let us pray for that glory of the Lord to so fill our temples (the buildings where we worship and our lives beyond that) that people kneel face down on the pavement to worship the Lord who loves us and has a plan for us.

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you!” 2 Chronicles 20:12

About paulblakey

I am Paul - founder of Street Angels, CNI Network and Love Your Streets #Do1NiceThing. I am from Halifax in Yorkshire and married to Jean from Larne in Northern Ireland. I am passionate about social action, social media and making the difference...