“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people.” II Chronicles 7:13 NASB
Just after Solomon dedicated the Temple to the Lord God told him, “I have heard your prayer.” Not only did God say that He heard Solomon’s prayer, He also said that He would hear all of the prayers that were offered up in the Temple. However, the hand of God’s blessing was conditional. The condition was Israel’s faithfulness to the Lord.
God told Solomon to pay attention to the signs around him. We must understand that the physical signs of drought, devastation, and pestilence are merely signs that God’s hand of blessing has been removed. We must also understand that in the Old Testament God dealt with His people in a physical way. Today through the New Covenant that is found only in Christ God deals with His people in the spirit. (John 4:24). In the Old Testament God’s people went into physical war. Today we are in a spiritual war. Nonetheless, we see physical results of this spiritual war. Today, America is in a deep spiritual drought. Our churches are dry and void of life, passion and power, which open the door wide for the devourer, the devil, to come in and destroy churches, families and entire communities.
The community where I pastor has had years of church fights and splits that have left a spiritual void opening the door wide for the devourer to come in and destroy. Today our community is full of the pestilence of drugs, violence, and sexuality that is just as much if not more devastating than any physical pestilence this world has ever seen. These are all physical evidences of spiritual battles. They are all signs that something has gone drastically wrong.
As I look at the church today I see signs of spiritual drought that is drowning our world in spiritual devastation. We have allowed the devourer to come in and bring devastating pestilence upon the very world God created and loves. We see it in preachers with no passion, deacons who are not dedicated, congregations clutching for control, churches who won’t console the contrite and the Word of God wavered by the ways of man.
So many of our churches have become lodges and social clubs with privileged membership unwelcoming to the stranger where pastors have become hirelings to do the work that no one else is willing to do, “after all that’s what we pay the preacher for.” The pulpit has become a place where a polluted gospel is preached as to not hurt anyone’s feelings. Dare we say that we are sinners and there is a place called hell reserved for those who refuse to repent? If the preacher were to preach the truths of hell would it really matter? Even if we know our neighbor is hell-bound, do we really care or at least care enough to actually do anything about it?
We fuss and complain of the wickedness of the world yet we hold the very keys to loose the power of God into this world. We have not lost that power; we have surrendered that power to the fleshly desires of man seeking glory for self rather than for God. The signs of spiritual drought are crying out before us yet, God has given us the solution. God told Solomon if you see these signs of drought, devastation, and pestilence among you, “and 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, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14).
I do not at all intend to lump every church into the category stated above. There are many dynamic churches within our land. However, I would dare say, the majority of our churches fit into this category in one way or the other. Nor do I say this with a spirit of judgment; only one with a heart of compassion calling on our churches to repent and seek the Lord for revival. The world will not, and cannot get right, until the church gets right. My heart cry to the Lord is that we as the church of the living God would seek Him, wholeheartedly, for revival, and that God would end this spiritual drought in our land, opening the windows of heaven with a flood of revival.
Portions of this were taken from, Reclaiming the Land: God’s Formula for Revival.