The Place of Humility and Goodness for Common Blessings
Bible Nugget 0215 [2 Chronicles 7: 11 – 16 KJV]
11Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, and the king’s house: and all that came into Solomon’s heart to make in the house of the LORD, and in his own house, he prosperously effected.
12And 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.
13If 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;
14If 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.
15Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
16For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
God wants to bless all men and women, be they individuals or nations. The requisite by God is that the group of people be humble, pray and turn from their wicked ways.
Solomon, on the night of his coronation as King over Judah and Israel was endowed with wisdom by God. He was given a choice by God to ask for anything and he asked for wisdom, and rightfully so because as a king that is required to govern. God not only gave him wisdom but also riches in abundance, so much that no other person was so blessed with wisdom until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in His earthly Ministry. For those who do not know, he wrote under divine inspiration, the books of proverbs, Ecclesiastics, Songs of Solomon and some chapters of Psalm in the Holy Bible. One of the desires of Solomon was to build a befitting temple for the ark of God. At the dedication God appeared to Solomon again, confirmed the Davidic covenant of perpetual kingship if Solomon and his descendants remained obedient and served God faithfully, and promised to bless the nation if it remained a Godly Nation. Many kings did not follow God faithfully and the subjects became idolaters during their reign, for which the kingdom was judged and they served other nations including Babylon.
Thank God for his mercies in not leaving man to decide his own fate. Jesus fulfilled the eternal kingship. The people did not recognize the fulfillment of prophecy. Jesus referring to the abundance of Wisdom of Solomon, and the lack of knowledge of the children of Israel of his messiah ship, said in Matthew 12:42
42The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Prayer Nugget 0215
Pray for yourself and your people as follows: