By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Revive us again is to recover from a state of neglect. The open flaunting of ungodliness has hasten the possibility of judgment being exercised by God; not only as 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.
Scripture reveals: The Lord looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashions their hearts alike (or individually); he considers (or understands) all their works (Psalm 33:13-15).
There has been a flood of devastation; could it be that the hedge, mentioned in the Parable of the Vineyard has been lowered or is it simply that Mother Nature is acting up? Could it be God's judgment is being allowed? Scripture reveals: And now go to (or come); I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up (or consumed); and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden (or trampled) down (Isaiah 5:5).
What will it take to revive us again? For we are seeing a withdrawal from former alliances to God; favoring the ungodliness of man over the righteousness of God. Scripture reveals: Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach (or disgrace) to any people (Proverbs 14:34).
Scripture reveals: Will you not revive us again: that your people may rejoice in you (Psalm 85:6)? 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 grace and mercy.
The petition was preceded by a remembrance of the Lord's past favors; a repentant attitude of the people, with the certainty of impending deliverance! Revive us again is a petition placed before God that is much needed in the hour in which we live!
Scripture reveals: Jonah (a prophet of God) arose, and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three day's journey. And Jonah begin to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried (or cried out), and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown (Jonah 3:3-4). 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.
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil ways; and He repented (or relented) of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10). God was able to deal with them with grace and mercy; rather than judgment as their failure to repent would have necessitated!
The prophet Amos, in speaking the words of the Lord, cried out: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that 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 that man who has withdrawn from God, no longer desiring the things of God; becoming attached to the things of this world and its pleasures, rather than the Word of God? Scripture reveals: Now the just shall live by faith: but 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 sup (or dine) with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
I accepted that invitation 42 years ago! I have dined at the Master's table many times; through His Spirit, in 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! Scripture reveals: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us-ward, 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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