2 Chronicles 30:9 “For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.”
Many would like to read here and find the answer to right the wrongs, stop the chaos, end the violence and bloodshed, and bring about a worldwide peace. Yet, the Word of God doesn’t promise that until Christ returns in the millennial kingdom. Even then, the devil will be loosed for a season to try to deceive who he might rebel against God.
But any revival that will take place will happen first in the hearts of God’s children. If the church cannot get right with God, what hope is there of a lost nation seeking the God of Heaven?
Hezekiah knew that his people must seek God with all their hearts to experience a kingdom protected and provided for by God. The peace and joy that followed once they did is an example to us all.
2 Chronicles 30:26-27 “So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem. Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.”
Many want the blessings of revival; answered prayer and peace in the homes, neighborhoods, and country. Yet, they are unwilling to lay down what is needed to receive it. The nation of Israel was led by their king to tear down the high places, the false gods of its people, and drive out those who refused to comply.
Taking a stand for Christ is never popular with the lost. They do not want to be reminded of their wrongdoing. They are perfectly happy in their sin. Guilt and shame come when confronted with the truth.
We, the church, are to be the image-bearers of the Lord Jesus Christ. They should see in us the Light of Christ. They should see how we treat each other. They should see the love for their lost condition. We should be able to look past the sin and see the sinner.
The need for the church today is first to seek God with all our heart. We must desire to be right more than the pleasure we seek. We must rid our lives of the distractions, deviations, and things that divide our hearts, and each other.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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.”
Before any revival began, there was first great adversity. Sin abounds. Out of great difficulty, God’s children need to seek God or worldly remedies. God is not obligated to do anything until we begin the process.
Humility, prayer, desiring God more than our necessary food, and turning from all things worldly will get Heaven’s attention. It cannot be a half-hearted effort. It cannot be something we try on for a while. It must become who we are and what we seek.
It is easy to observe, critique, and judge. Everyone today has an opinion. We feel if we display our stand on social media, it is enough. Real change begins when we take our love to the people in need.
It must first be personal. Take it to heart, child of God. Unless we want it more than our necessary food, the change will never happen.
So, what is your need today? Is your heart soft to the Holy Spirit’s leading?
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”