Healing the Land, Part 1
By Steve Loopstra
Imagine Coral reefs that were once dying are now coming back to life – to the amazement of the scientific world. Once unproductive fields now yield crops of “biblical proportions” in shortened growing cycles.15,000 caribou suddenly appeared on land that has been rededicated to God. A toxic stream was completely healed and cleansed after people in a village repented of generations of sin. And the stream remains toxic both upstream and downstream of the village. Amazing as it may seem, it’s happening! These incredible stories are documented examples of how God is introducing the literal fulfillment of His promise to believers in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.”
For too long we have relegated this Scriptural promise to being a figurative and not a literal healing of the land and the ecology. Or, if literal, we have assumed the promise was meant only for a specific people in a different time. But as God continues to cascade His transforming and healing work across our globe, we must awaken to the reality of His undeniable handiwork. If God is ready to demonstrate His Glory through transformation of communities and literal healing of the land, how do we align ourselves with His purposes?
These wonderful stories are documented in the Transformation DVDs to inspire us to reconsider our assumptions about God’s creation and our relationship to the Creator. They compel us to recalculate our belief in the power of repentance, seeking God, and turning from sin – and their impact on our cities and nation. God is calling us to join Him in ushering His manifest presence into our communities with revival fire, resulting in the salvation of unbelievers and a reawakening of believers, into passionate pursuit of God. The result is the literal transformation of entire societies and the restoration of our land back to its Genesis purpose.
This series of articles is intended to help us understand the biblical basis for the concept of the healing of the land. We will use Scripture as well as modern-day examples to stimulate our faith, and believe God for His work of transformation in our own communities.
God’s Intended Purpose
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth… For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
– Psalm 33: 6,9
As we busy ourselves with daily tasks and responsibilities, our awareness of the magnificent splendor of creation can become casual and routine. Everything that we see around us, every molecule, every grain of sand, every land mass, and every planet is the result of the intentional and purposeful act of God. With purpose and intentionality, God Almighty created the earth – and it was good.
The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundations on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.
-- Psalm 24:1-2 (NLT)
Ownership of the earth is not in question! The truth of the Word of God is that all of this – everything and everyone – does not belong to us; it belongs to Him! But He invites us into stewardship with Him, as indicated in God’s promise to “heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The purpose of God’s creation is first of all, to declare the Glory of its creator. This is clearly stated in Psalm 19:1-4,
The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak: night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies; yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world…
God also intends that His creation be a blessing to man. Man is God’s most beloved part of creation. God created the earth for His glory, and men and women are to be the recipients of His overflowing blessings of springs of water, along with a variety of animals, fruit, vegetation, and other abundance. As God’s people remain faithful to His commands and purposes, God will use creation to support and bless their lives. From the patterns of weather, to the crops and grasses of the field, to the creatures God has made – all are intended to work together in harmony when in right relationship with their creator. God’s desire and intention is that the earth support, sustain, and bless the people He has made.
God’s desire is to use His people of covenant to bring back at least a portion of those purposes and destinies for lands, nations and peoples. In many locations around the world, this very thing is happening. When God’s people take seriously God’s covenant mandate between Himself, his people, and His creation, the earth is being restored and healed. We can experience a “foretaste” of that in our times if we will view our world from a different perspective.
In subsequent articles, we will examine the biblical promises for the healing of the land, the process for the healing of the land and many exciting examples of what God is doing in our day.