Open Arms

Could you imagine a church service where the musicians put down their instruments, and the singers became silent. The worship of the congregation became still as rejoicing seemed to pause. Preachers fell to their knees. The glory of the Lord filled the temple.

The thick cloud that filled the building. The church watched speechless as King Solomon knelt before the altar, lifted his hands toward and prayed, “Oh, Lord God! There is no God like you in all of heaven and earth!” (2 Chron. 6:13-14). His prayer continued, pleading for God’s mercies for the children of Israel and praising Him for His blessings. What an incredible experience. After several days of worship and sacrifice, the people went, but God was not finished.

“And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.” (2 Chron. 7:12). Solomon had his own confirmation that his prayer had been heard.

Then two verses later the Lord says to Solomon, “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 will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chron. 7: 14).
What an incredible promise! We mess up, fail, and we make bad choice. Yet, God stands with open arms ready to forgive and restore if we come to Him in humility and repentance, seeking His face. Truly, there is no God like our God!