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Unsettled Times Invites 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 for Children

Unsettled Times Invites 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 for Children

I don’t know about you, momma, daddy, grandmama, and granddad, but the last few weeks have fogged my brain and tattered my thinking. If today could be superimposed like tracing paper over the outline of one week ago, we would all stare and wonder what happened to life as we knew it. If we put before and after pictures from two weeks ago side by side, we would think the scars of coronavirus unbelievable. Our global world has turned upside down in mere days. Normal has vanished and uncertainty weighs like a cloak.

This is us today. It is foreign. It doesn’t fit well. It has fragmented our brains, scattered our focus, and impacted our families.

Yet in the middle of all the upheaval, an unchanging Father calls us to root ourselves and our families in Him. Obedience is deeply personal. In an unprecedented time in history, we the people of God have a mission strong and compelling. If we know Jesus as Savior, we are His people. We cannot allow malaise, fear, and anxiety to lull us into inaction.

My daughter, mom of four littles who get bigger by the second, texted these verses to our family today.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NIV)

We may not be facing drought or locusts, but there is a plague. We know it as Covid-19, however we understand from Scripture there is also a spiritual battle.

The call for God’s people to pray is imperative. No age group is excluded. These verses give purposeful perimeters to us as adults, but let’s look at 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 for children.

“If my people, who are called by my name.”

Our cabin fever days offer wonderful opportunities to share the gospel with our children. The simple truth of Jesus, the sacrifice for our sins is a great segue to the story surrounding the temple dedication. It is a good time to impress on their hearts that many people in our country and other nations don’t know Jesus.

“Will humble themselves…”

Salvation always comes through humbled hearts. Obedience is a result of humility. He is God over the Coronavirus and the scary events it brings. As you talk to your children about personal humility, incorporate God’s desire for our country to submit to His leadership. You can help them see the lost in the eyes of a loving Father.

“And pray…”

These are days for prayer, humble and deep. Expand prayer beyond your house. Include our country and the world. Connect with a missionary and find out what it is like where they serve. Incorporate other nations into your prayer time. Consider how you can assure an elderly person you are praying for them, someone sick, or the classmate stuck at home. Make a list of concerns to pray about and ways to follow up on them.

“And seek my face…”

I love that there is no age limitation for either young or old to seek the face of God. These strange times may be the circumstances which lay a foundation of a lifetime of seeking and desiring God. This phrase represents a heart pushing to know His pleasure. God’s Word is key. Bring it to the forefront. Pick up the Scriptures and read Bible stories from its pages and make those stories alive. Let them know how God has reached down throughout history with mighty and miraculous acts. Those true stories give hope and bring excitement.

“And turn from their wicked ways…”

The backdrop to 2 Chronicles 7 is the dedication of the temple during Solomon’s reign. Fire came from heaven and consumed the sacrifices. God’s glory filled the temple. There was music, worship, and praise. The people fell on their faces and acknowledged, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” This is the difinitive chapter of the Coronavirus. He is good. His steadfast love endures forever.

“…I will forgive their sin and will heal their land…”

The Israelite’s passion for God brought them great joy. Times like we are facing refine faith and define theology to our children and grandchildren. As we humbly pray for repentance and revival for our nation, we actively replace the malaise of a virus’ unsettling control on our lives with disciplined purpose.

And who can anticipate how it may change the future.

By: Sylvia Schroeder serves in Women’s Care at Avant Ministries. Mom to four, grandma to 14, and wife to her one and only love, she enjoys writing about all of them. Find her blog at When the House is Quiet. Like her Facebook page or follow her on twitter.

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11 Comments

  1. Indeed ma’am. I pray we take this opportunity, as perhaps more are willing to listen more closely now. God’s blessings; and prayers for continued safety.

    • Thanks J.D. I just now saw the comments on this post. Late, but timely for me. Appreciate it!!

  2. Great perspective and truth. Thank you.

  3. I love how you’ve broken down the individual lines of this prayer. And your statement, “Yet in the middle of all the upheaval, an unchanging Father calls us to root ourselves and our families in Him” is a beautiful call to refocus our attention.

  4. This statement is particularly meaningful to me. Thank you!
    … we actively replace the malaise of a virus’ unsettling control on our lives with disciplined purpose.

  5. Sylvia, thank you for these wise ways to apply a familiar Scripture to our lives today as we teach children. The following sentence is powerful: “Yet in the middle of all the upheaval, an unchanging Father calls us to root ourselves and our families in Him.”

  6. We do need to pray but not just when disaster strikes. May we remember to pray to God in good times as well as bad. Thanks for the lessons from the Israelites that their passion for God brought them great joy. Ours will as well.

  7. Your message is exactly what we need at this moment. Loved how you took each phrase of that wonderful scripture and gave us specific things we could do. We can make a difference! Thank you for this inspiring and “doable” message.

  8. It’s crazy how quickly life got turned upside down. I hope we can use this time to appeal to God for healing!

  9. Great points from God’s word. I shared it on Twitter and Facebook.

  10. “And seek my face…” …”This phrase represents a heart pushing to know His pleasure.”

    I love this image. God and plagues is a touchy subject, many Christians shy away from, or use the scripture to beat others up for their sins. You handle the text well. Acknowledging both God’s words, the spiritual battle at stake, and the ultimate goal, to bring us closer to Him and love our neighbor as ourselves.

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