by Maddi Gillel

My husband and I lived in Africa from 2006-2008.  Within a month of arriving there, the thoughts were coming to me: “how can a continent have so many complex problems?  (aids – 30%, fractured families, rampant diseases, immorality, polygamy, competing tribes, dishonesty, parasites in all fresh water –as opposed to sea water, high infant mortality, abuse,  corrupt leaders and officials, etc. ) – there must be a book that explains it.”  Then I began to realize that there was a book, called the SCRIPTURES.  I began to do a word search of ‘the land’ and the answers were all there.

The most memorable time in the Old Testament was of Moses attempting to persuade Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go free.  Pharaoh refused and there was a plague every time he did so.  Remember the frogs, lice,  flies,  boils and blains,  hail with fire, locusts, darkness, and  finally death of all first born – man and beast, unless there was the blood of a lamb on the post and lintel of the home.  This dramatically makes the point that God can do whatsoever is needed to change people’s hearts and minds.

What happens to the land and the people when there is wickedness? The Lord can and will cause all manner of misery and upheaval. The following are just a few of the scriptures that make this point:

Ezekiel 33:28, 29 “For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.  Then shall they know that I am the Lord, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.”

Jeremiah 44:22 “So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed, therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.”

Leviticus 26:20 “And your strength shall be spent in vain; for you land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.”

And so what is the lesson here?  If we want peace, freedom, prosperity, and safety in our land, it would be good to:

1-     Love one another (John 13:34)

2-     Keep the 10 commandments (Exodus 20)

2 Chronicles 15:2 “ . . . The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.”

Leviticus 25:6 “And I will give peace in the land. And he shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.


2 Chronicles 7:13,14  “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; 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 I will forgive their sin, AND I WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.

  • julie jarvies
    Posted at 15:43h, 08 November

    Wow – what a outstanding and timely article! Thank you!

  • Andy Doerksen
    Posted at 10:37h, 29 December

    I’m sorry to say that 2 Chronicles 7:13,14 does not apply to the U.S. or any other modern country. I have had to point this out, unfortunately, to many well-intentioned Christians.

    The context of that promise is theocratic Israel, a nation specifically covenanted to God. God is responding to Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple, and the passage refers to Israel entering a period of rebellion, and then undergoing God’s national chastisement. The promise of 7:13-14, then, is that when Israel has been chastised and responds with repentance–God will restore them to the blessings of the covenant.

    The promise hinges entirely around the Mosaic covenant. It is NOT a promise that can be applied as per our wishes to any nation-state since that time. God may indeed pour out blessings on any nation that undergoes a mass repentance–but He hasn’t promised to, so that we can hold Him to it.

    Since 2Chr. 7:14 applies to God’s *covenant-people*, an appropriate way for Christians to apply it would be to realize that it’s the CHURCH–not modern nation-states–that is biblically parallel to theocratic Israel. Christians are now God’s covenant-people; therefore if *Christians*–not the United States or any other nation-state–undergo corporate repentance, then we can expect God to renew the blessings and promises of the CHRIST-covenant (not the Mosaic covenant) with us.

    Again: 2Chr. 7:14 has no application to modern nation-states.

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