This has been a fascinating week in the country and in the world. We been witnessing the world “opening up for business”… the end of the quarantine, and the reset to the “new normal” after weeks and months of lockdown.
Yet, as we witness states, country and world governments hit the “reset button” on their lives and economies… I have this nagging question, that I must share:
Have we LEARNED THE LESSON of this pandemic that God would have us to learn?
What do I mean? Well, C.S. Lewis is quoted as saying “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.” This is true. C.S. Lewis went on to say that pain is the megaphone God uses to rouse a deaf or sleeping world
And this pandemic, the Covid-19 scare… it has been painful for many. I believe God has been shouting to the world over the past several months, wanting to get our attention, because I believe that by and large much of the world is deaf or sleeping in the midst of the lockdown.
What is the Lesson to be Learned for you and I from all this? REVIVAL.
In the church we speak of revival quite often- a great awakening of our communities and the world to the spiritual truths and awareness of our holy, righteous God. But how does revival- a great awakening begin? The bible gives us a couple of great examples of that… when in years past, the LORD was hitting the “reset button” and “business was open” once again… for the Jewish people.
Daniel, the prophet. He had been in Babylonian captivity for nearly 70 years… by studying the word of God and specifically the prophet Jeremiah, Danny new that the time of captivity was nearly over- that a new thing was about to begin… and he prayed concerning these things and we read of that in Daniel 9: 3-11 where we see…
3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. 6 Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.
7 “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You. 8 Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. 9 To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him; 10 nor have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets. 11 Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him.
Then shortly after that, Nehemiah was tasked to return to Israel and Jerusalem from the captivity to rebuild the walls… before the task was given and he set out on this mission, he prayed. We read of it in part in Nehemiah 1:5-7…
5 I said, “I beseech You, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 6 let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
Here, we see in both these instances, as God was preparing to hit the “reset button” and open Israel for business once again… that these men prayed. But notice, they prayed and confessed their own sin as well as the sins of the people.
So here is my question to you. Have you been praying during this pandemic for revival? Have you first confessed your own sin? Revival begins in the house of the Lord.
I believe that judgment upon the world is coming, in fulfillment of God’s word. I believe that biblically speaking, Jesus will soon take His church, His Bride out of the earth in the rapture… and I believe that God is using a megaphone to let the world know that. So, He is calling for REVIVAL and it begins first in our own lives.
For Pete, the old fisherman and Apostle tells us in 1 Peter 4:17… For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Have you been praying for REVIVAL? Have you been confessing your own sin? I admit, that in being fascinated by the world’s response to all of the Covid-19 news, I have not. I am now recommitting my heart to that, won’t you join me in that?