May 12, 2020
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 12 May 2020
Who does not desire revival in our land? Have you thought why a person should seek revival? The reason for revival is because it is crucial that people know God rules sovereignly and is active in our times, and also that He longs to manifest his goodness. The Bible emphasizes this truth in Psalm 85:6, where the psalmist asked, “Will You not Yourself revive us again, that your people may rejoice in You?” He was reminiscing when God had been favorable to the land and had “restored the captivity of Jacob.” He continued (v. 2), “You forgave the iniquity of Your people. You covered all their sin. You withdrew all Your fury; You turned away from Your burning anger.”
The psalmist recalled the time when God delivered Israel from captivity, which (understandably was a time of crisis for the nation). God also forgave the iniquity of the people, and — in sovereign grace — restrained the severity of his indignation. Almost invariably, crises will compel us to pray because we recognize our help will come only from the Lord.
Sometimes the effects of such outcries to the Lord are vigorously transforming, yet more often, the reorientation to God is only temporary, that is, a transitory spiritual tremor that fades just as rapidly as the crisis. Throughout history, there has never been a significant biblical revival that did not result in political and social reforms. In this regard, one could affirm that the abolition of slavery and the end of child labor was subsequent to a revival. History demonstrates that revival impacts the entire disposition of a people as a consequence of God’s work in the lives of his people.
Revival can be described as occurring when a person or assembly is inundated with the glory of God because nothing else matters when the Lord permeates a life or a community (except the person and glory of Jesus). Revival is not some emotional excitement; it is rather an invasion from heaven that culminates in a mindful consciousness of God. The psalmist implied this cognizant awareness of God. He referred to such consciousness as God’s pleasure toward his people, when he asked, “Will You not Yourself revive us again?” May we all pray that God would let Light “shine out of darkness” and to shine “in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Cor 4:6).
Revival is crucial to our lives because if God did not intervene humanity would drift into apathy or apostasy. From the human perspective, revival involves God’s people recognizing their only hope is the Lord. From the divine perspective, revival is a time when God renews and restores his people. Revival is essential “so that we do not drift” (cf. Heb 2:1-4), and results in reformation, which is a transformation of our lifestyles and practices.
Are you prepared to ask for revival? Are you prepared to seek revival? Are you prepared in repentance, faith, and obedience to meet the divine conditions for revival? If so, pray with the psalmist, “Will You not Yourself revive us again?”
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
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