2 Chronicles 6-9 (The Daily Walk Bible).
We see a repeat of some themes we’ve discussed before: God keeps His promises, and the importance of praise.
I humbly submit that a proper understanding of 2 Chronicles 7:14 speaks more to the church than the USA: “If my people who are called by my name 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.” Who is called by God’s name? The church.
The chronicler doesn’t detail Solomon’s issues with women, but 2 Chronicles 8:11 is an ominous foreshadowing: “Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the city of David to the house that he had built for her, for he said, ‘My wife shall not live in the house of David king of Israel, for the places to which the ark of the Lord has come are holy.'”
The devotional used Solomon’s wealth to talk about the issue of riches a few days ago. Since we are reminded of his wealth here, let me add one thought that speaks to how we should all use money: we have a responsibility to use our money not simply on ourselves, but for spiritual purposes. Scripture condemns greed and reminds us of our need to use our resources for righteous purposes.
James 5:1-5 “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.”
Luke 16:10-13 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”