By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Revive us again is to recover from a state of neglect. The fruition of openly flaunted ungodliness has hasten the probability of judgment being exercised by God; not only punishment for a sin-driven people, but to induce a return to God!
Many once godly nations are allowing ungodliness to come to the forefront; rather than holding fast to God's Word. Immorality has dramatically increased, in these latter years, that has not gone unnoticed by God (Psalm 32:13-14). (Comment)
There has been a flood of devastation. Could it be that the hedge; mentioned of in the Parable of the Vineyard (Isaiah 5:5), has been lowered or is it simply that Mother Nature is acting up? Could it be partial judgments to induce a return to God?
What will it take for a return to the God? We are seeing a withdrawal from former alliances to God; favoring the ungodliness of man over the righteousness of God. Scripture reveals that righteousness exalts a nation but sin (or ungodliness) is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).
In the 85th Psalm are found these words: Will you not revive us again: that your people may rejoice in you? Details are lacking as to all the reasons for this outcry to God; for God's anger to cease, but it brought a time of national humility, a national revival, along with a display of God's mercy.
The petition was preceded by a remembrance of the Lord's past favors; a repentant attitude of the people, with the Psalmist's certainty of impending deliverance! Revive us again is the petition placed before God; much needed in the hour in which we live?
When Jonah, a prophet of God went to Nineveh, an exceedingly great city of three days journey, whose wickedness had came before God, he cried out: Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. The king of Nineveh proclaimed a fast; asked that every one turn from their evil way, and from the violence that was in their hands, and repent.
The people of Nineveh believed God. God saw their works that they turned away from their evil ways; and He relented of the evil, that he had said that he would do; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10). God was able to deal with them in mercy; rather than judgment!
The prophet Amos, in revealing the words of the Lord, said: Thus saith the Lord, I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the word of the Lord (Amos 8:11).
Where are the great spiritual revivals of times past? Where are the great healing ministries? Where are the great men of God; many of who have now gone on to their reward, replacements? Why are we not seeing the same move of God as in times past?
God has not changed; it is man who has withdrawal from God, no longer desiring the things of God; becoming attached to the things of this world and its pleasures (1 John 2:15-16). If any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him (Hebrews 10:38).
Thank God for those who believe the entirety of God's Word; not only believe, but walk in accordance with His Word! Thank God for His precious Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins!
Thank God for His Spirit that brings conviction! Thank God for His grace and mercy that are extended to the repentant in heart. Jesus said:
I stand at the door (that of one's heart) and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door (and only you can), I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
I accepted that invitation 41 years ago! I have dined at the Master's table many times; through His Spirit, through worshiping the Lord who saved me from a Devil's Hell! Revive us again is in knowing Jesus' great love for all generations, revealed through His forbearance on the Cross, and willingness to die for the sins of the whole world! Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under Heaven whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
God is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The invitation is extended; the decision is yours, and one's final destiny is based on that decision!
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