Leviticus 9:23-24 “And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.”
As a young boy helping my father, I would be told to get a certain tool. He would describe just where on his workbench it was and I would go down and literally stare at the bench trying to remember just what he described. I knew I had tarried too long when deliberate footsteps came and plucked it off the table – right in front of me!
I guess, had I listened better, I may have gotten more details as to the whereabouts of that specific tool, but it was sufficient for a ten year old boy to just go get ‘a’ tool, maybe not ‘the’ tool. Though a simple illustration, I learned from my father to pay attention to the details.
Reading all the instructions that God gave to Moses regarding the sacrifices, one can be overwhelmed as to the detail in which God gave His orders. From the type of wood to be used to the color of the fabric; the type of metal; and all the dimensions of the tabernacle, to the animals used; how to kill them; what to do with the blood, the fat, the inwards, the carcase… when they did all according to how God delivered, the glory of God came in their midst and fire fell upon the sacrifice.
Jesus Christ, our sacrifice, was offered once and then sat down at the right hand of the Father.
Hebrews 10:12 “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”
Now, those details are not needed to be practiced any longer. Yet, what is there to be gleaned from this passage. The sheer fact that they obeyed. They followed instructions. When all was accomplished, God showed up.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
America is in extreme need of revival. If she were to follow this recipe God has provided, I believe God just might show up. He did when Jonah came out of the belly of the great fish and preached to the Ninevites.
Jonah 3:10 “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”
Two women, in fervent prayer, saw God bring revival to the Hebrides Islands and turn one of the most wicked places to Christ in a short span of time. Duncan Campbell relates that He felt called upon by God to draw those who were already saved by the movement of God to become grounded and grow.
Again, two women challenged a young evangelist who was seeing some success, that God had so much more for him. They prayed for God to anoint Dwight Lyman Moody with the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit of God. WHile walking on Wall Street, seeking funding for his meetings, God came and touched him in a special way.
From that day on, in meetings where he may have seen 5-10 people saved, he began to see 50-100 saved.
“If my people...” If my church… God deals with a nation after He deals with His children first.
1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
“…shall humble themselves” Most never make it past this point. Our pride and desire to have it our way instead of God’s way puts revival on the shelf. It is a detail God will NOT ignore.
1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
That verse is particularly significant considering it came from Peter – whose pride needed to be dealt with before he could truly be used by God.
“…and pray” The least attended meeting in any church is the prayer meeting. Just think, if it were on the heart of every church member to gather together and pray for their church and then their community to experience revival; just think what could happen.
Burlington, North Carolina experienced a bit of that. A dedicated group of church members got together and covenanted to pray for revival till it came – and it did.
“…and seek my face” God cannot be that lucky rabbit’s foot we reach for when things get bad. He must be that everytime, all the time relationship that we have built day after day, moment by moment in secret with Him.
“…and turn from their wicked ways” Repentance pure and simple is leaving that which is sinful and moving to that which is holy. Leaving that habit; that so-called ‘friend’ who makes the slide into sin so much easier; that secret relationship that no one but you and God know exists; that apathy toward the things of God. All of this and more that destroys the work God so desires to do in you and me.
America has killed her unborn. She has kicked God out of our schools. She has called wrong right. She has legislated sin and is soon to lose a generation and possibly generations because of it. I truly understand that we are just one nation. But can I say – it is ‘my’ nation and my heart breaks for her.
What is the state of your nation? Is it in need of revival as well? Let us invoke the promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14 by doing – in detail – what God said would grab His ear, forgive our sin and heal our land.