Wednesday, May 30, 2018
What Is a Revival?
I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2, nlt)
I think the United States of America is standing at a crossroads right now. We have never been in worse shape morally. Crime continues to explode. Families continue to splinter. The fabric of society continues to unravel.
At my house, we have various electronic gadgets that have their own alarms. For instance, an alarm on the microwave tells me my food is ready. Another alarm signals that it’s time to get the clothes out of the dryer. An alarm on my printer warns me that it is out of paper. And sometimes these gadgets flash an error code, so I have to go to the manual to find out what the code means. Then I’ll try to correct the problem.
Multiple alarms are being sounded in our country today. But God has given us His manual, the Bible, which tells us what to do when a society unravels. What we need in America today, and for that matter, around the globe, is a far-reaching, heaven-sent revival.
Revival is a word that Christians use often. We may even drive by a church sign that is announcing a “revival”: Revival—this week only. Monday through Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They may be having some great meetings, but a genuine revival is not something that we start or stop. It is something God does supernaturally.
The word revive means to restore something to its original condition. A lot of people today like to restore old cars and are real sticklers about original paint and original parts. To be revived means to get back to God’s original design.
During very dark times in human history when there was a moral breakdown, God, in His grace, has stepped in and brought about a spiritual awakening. That is what we need in America today.
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