“On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the LORD had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.”
(2 Chronicles 7:10)
Happy birthday Richard!
Richard Carvath was born on the 23rd of July, in AD 1976.
Now, if you didn’t know, 1976 was the year of an exceptionally hot, dry summer.
Just imagine how it must have been for young mums, having to contend with the heat on top of the usual demands of the last few weeks of pregnancy, and of giving birth for the first time.
It was so hot for so long that year that the heatwave led to a drought, which was at its most severe in August 1976, and which caused Parliament to pass the Drought Act 1976.
August ’76 was when Samantha Baldwin was born – twenty-three days after Richard – on the 15th of August 1976.
Richard and Samantha, two 1976 babies destined to change the world.
(Don’t you know? Everybody changes the world, in some way or another, great or small, good or evil.)
Chapter seven of 2 Chronicles is about the dedication of the original temple in Jerusalem, and also includes what the LORD said to King Solomon after the temple had been built.
One of the best-known verses of the Bible is found in chapter seven of 2 Chronicles:
“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
God promises forgiveness and healing to those who repent their sins and turn to Him.
Being born is one thing – we’ve all done that – but being born again . . . well now, that’s something else entirely.
Do you remember what Nicodemus said when he spoke with Jesus?
“‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!'”
Well, Jesus knew the answer:
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
On another occasion, whilst speaking to The Woman at the Well, the Bible reports:
“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Dear Reader, we wish you a happy birthday, whenever that is.
But have you been born of the Spirit (born again) yet, as well as of the flesh?
Do you recognise your continual thirst for what it is?
Caught in a deadly drought, are you willing to receive the great gift of Living Water only Jesus has to give . . . and wants to give to you?