2 Chronicles 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.”
America is in trouble. She is under attack from within and facing God’s judgment without. There is still hope for America if we follow God’s plan of salvation for a nation. Will you help save our nation? America is a Christian nation. Pilgrims seeking religious and political freedom founded our country. God has uniquely blessed America over its 244-year history.
Yet, we see trouble in our country today. As the godless and idolatrous have gained ground in society, God’s blessing has waned. There is nothing wrong with America that an old-fashioned revival could not fix. Our nation’s only hope is to turn back to God! Allow me to remind you that there are two layers of righteousness in a nation.
1. Governmental righteousness.
That is the righteousness of its laws, precepts, and judgments. America is running away from God in this area. Godless politicians, rogue judges, deep state operatives, and ungodly laws have waged war against the God and Heaven and demand holy justice.
2. Individual righteousness.
That is the righteousness of a nation’s citizens. You cannot control the entire country, but you can manage yourself. Let me encourage you. Your personal righteousness matters! The healing of a nation is dependent upon the conduct of God’s people.
Examine the five steps of salvation for a nation in 2 Chronicles 7:14…
1. If My People, Which Are Called By My Name
God is looking to the righteous to save America. Wicked people will always be wicked. The ungodly will live ungodly. God looks to His people to determine the ultimate fate of a nation (2 Chronicles 16:9). At times, God found people He could use as His instruments of righteousness. Other times, there was no one available for God’s purposes. In Ezekiel’s day, the LORD couldn’t even find someone to pray for Israel. “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30. God was patient with Israel and Judah until it was almost entirely corrupt. Only a small remnant was faithful, so God purified His people with judgment. Christians are God’s people today (2Timothy 2:19). God looks to His people to determine the ultimate fate of America. Judgment begins at the house of God (1 Peter 4:17)!
2. Humble Themselves
We must humble ourselves under the corrective hand of God. God hates pride and resists it at every turn. He loves humility and assists the humble. James 4:6 “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” Humility mourns over sin. It acknowledges wickedness and seeks restoration (James 4:9-10). Will we weep for our nation to be saved, or will we weep because it has been destroyed? The choice is ours. Jeremiah lamented the destruction of Jerusalem. We must weep for America before it is gone. Prayer is the ultimate act of humility.
Meditate upon this amazing fact. God would have spared wicked Sodom for ten righteous souls. To understand the weight of that statement, you must understand how wicked was the city of Sodom. There were five cities situated in the valley of Siddim (Salt Sea): Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela (Genesis 14:2). Sodom is the supreme example of a wicked city in Scripture. The name of Sodom has been forever stained and stigmatized. Have you ever heard of anything pleasant named after Sodom? Sodom is used as the ultimate illustration of wickedness and an eternal warning of God’s judgment (Deuteronomy 29:23). Lamentations 4:6 “For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.” 2 Peter 2:6 “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;” Even the wicked city of Sodom was salvageable by prayers of intercession and righteous living, for Abraham interceded on behalf of the righteous in Sodom. We must intercede for our nation! How much time do you spend praying for America? Nehemiah mourned and prayed after he heard of the destruction of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:4-11).
Consider the elements of Nehemiah’s powerful prayer.
- He wept. – vs. 4
- He mourned. – vs. 4
- He fasted. – vs. 4
- He acknowledged God for Who He is. – vs. 5
- He confessed the sins of the nation & citizens. – vs. 6-7
- He reminded God of His Word. – vs. 8-9
- He reminded God of His People. – vs. 10
- He prayed for wisdom and an open door. – vs. 11
4. Seek My Face
Step four of the salvation of a nation is to seek God’s face. King David encouraged the Hebrews to seek God’s face after they retrieved the ark of God. During a time of judgment, God pulled back from Israel until they decided to seek His face. Hosea 5:15 “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” God wants to be found. He is not hiding. If you seek God with your whole heart, you will find Him. The word “face” speaks of one’s presence. Seeking God’s face is to seek His presence.
5. Turn From Their Wicked Ways
God’s people are called to live holy lives. Deuteronomy 14:2 “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.” God expects no less of His people today. We are called to be holy (1 Peter 1:13-15)! We are to be a peculiar people wholly given to God (1 Peter 2:9).You don’t have to quit sinning to be saved personally. Repentance unto salvation is turning to Christ from idols. We don’t get better to get saved. We get saved to get better. God loves us in spite of our sin. After salvation, we have the power to quit the sins of the flesh. You must turn from your sin to be blessed. Repentance unto sanctification is turning from sin to righteousness. God tells sinners to turn from idols. God tells His people to turn from sin. The fifth step of God’s plan of salvation for a nation is to turn from sin. God saw the repentance of the Ninevites and spared their nation (Jonah 3:10). Josiah was one of the last kings of Judah. The nation was spiritually destitute after the wicked reign of Manasseh. Josiah ordered the temple to be repaired. In the process, the book of the law was found. After hearing God’s law Josiah knew the people were in trouble! He needed to know what God thought. The spiritual state of Israel was so bad that there was no prophet or priest available. They went to a prophetess to learn God’s will. Josiah led one of the great revivals in recorded history. God honored the turning from sin and decided to delay the destruction of Judah until Josiah died. Sin separates us from God. We must turn from our sin to be blessed.
If we follow the five steps of the salvation of a nation, God will step in and hear from Heaven and heal the land. I don’t know how many righteous people it will take to save our country, but you and I can make a start! There is nothing wrong with America that an old-fashioned revival could not fix. Revival starts with me. It begins with you. We must humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways. Then we must boldly proclaim the Gospel to everyone we know, teaching them to do the same after being saved. We change the world by changing OUR world. To what degree are you following the instruction of 2 Chronicles 7:14? Let’s get serious about achieving revival, seeking souls, and saving our nation. Start today.
Paul Chapman | Pastor
Curtis Corner Baptist Church | Wakefield, RI.