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2 Chronicles 7:14 // Is This The Cure for COVID-19?

“It is important that we ask ourselves is 2 Chronicles 7:14 really about us? Is it really true that if nations claim this verse, and they pray as we find in this verse, that indeed God will heal our countries from pandemics, from plagues, from sicknesses and all sorts of natural disasters that are afflicting the world today?

Beware of Taking Passages Out Of Context

We need to look carefully at 2 Chronicles 7:14 to find out what it means. And in doing this, we will find that this is one of the most misunderstood, most misinterpreted Bible passages. In fact, it is one of the most misapplied Bible passages by believers across generations.”

It is one of the most misapplied Bible passages by believers across generations

While God does command His people to call on him in times of need, 2 Chronicles 7:14 has been greatly misinterpreted and quoted out of context to explain the unprecedented times we are living through today.

However, if rightly understood and interpreted in its context, this passage is incredibly valuable for teaching us about the character of God and how we can relate to him today.

Lessons From 2 Chronicles 7:14

We can read this passage as a clear warning regarding how we ought to live in response to a holy God and his covenant. It reminds us that our God is a God of grace – the God before whom we can come when we fall and fail. This passage calls believers to earnest lives that continue to seek after God and to pray. For God is faithful and he is able to deliver us from whatever we are going through.

2 Chronicles 7:14 is a call to humility. It is a call for us to yearn after God.

Undoubtedly 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a call to humility. It is a call for us to yearn after God. A call to holiness where believers are told to turn from their wicked ways. It shows us how to depend on God during periods of crisis. We really can learn from the trials that Israel went through, so that we do not live like them and experience the same punishments and judgements.

Is COVID-19 Really God’s Judgement?

“There is so much that 2 Chronicles 7:14 can teach us. But it cannot be used as a blanket statement to stop COVID-19. And it cannot be used as an explanation for COVID-19: that this is necessarily God’s judgment upon the world. Yet from it we can draw wonderful biblical lessons that can build us as believers and establish us in our most holy faith.

God’s word still has power and this passage is part of that inspired work of God. Yet we must understand the context. Only then can it become a blessing for us today.”

 

Text: 2 Chronicles 7:14

Date preached: May 2020

Location: New City Community Church, Kampala, Uganda

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