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Egging on Revival


A few nights ago my husband and I were having a late night conversation. Our whole house was dark except for the room where we were sitting. As we were talking, we heard a loud series of quick banging noises hitting the house. We stopped and looked at each other, wondering what had happened. My first thought was that our tree lost a branch and hit the porch. My husband hesitantly went over to a window on the other side of the room to see what the noise was.

Everything seemed fine. I went downstairs to look out the front door. Slowly I opened it, half expecting a raccoon to jump out on me. Again, nothing. It was kind of weird. I went back upstairs and went over to the window that was closest to where the noise had originated. I pulled open the window shade to reveal egg yolk oozing down the glass. We got egged. That big noise was just a few little eggs hitting the windows and surrounding siding.

It was a disgusting mess, and we still need to finish cleaning the slime off of our siding. We also are wondering why they picked our house.. since it was the only one. But three other houses got toilet papered the week before, so I am assuming a few of the neighborhood kids are having their fun.

As irritated as I was (and still am, honestly), it made me take action. I cleaned the windows in the middle of the night. And I certainly will be giving much more attention to that part of the house. My husband will undoubtedly be climbing the ladder soon to power wash and scrub that area of our house which is usually neglected almost completely.

How much more can God use the negative and sometimes devastating times in our lives to change us, clean us, and restore our lives? Cleaning up an unnecessary mess is time consuming and frustrating, but it really doesn’t compare with some of the heavier things that happen in life. But even when things seem completely hopeless and out of our control, God can use those circumstances to develop our lives into something we could never have imagined. It is when we lose control of our lives that God can work in such a way as to revive our relationship with Him.

David, the author of many of the psalms in the Bible wrote a lot of them with that in mind. He begged God for revival.

My soul is laid low in the dust. Revive me according to your word! Psalm 119:25
Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things. Revive me in your ways. Psalm 119:37

Other translations of the Bible change use different words or phrases instead of revive. Some of these are: "give me life,” “restore my life,” “give me a new life,” “cause me to live,” “quicken me,” “keep me alive,” and “spare my life.” These all sound like cries of desperation. David was desperate for God to make him feel alive again.

David was exactly right to ask God to do such a thing. Only God can change our lives. I know that I have tried to find my life in other places, only to realize that the shine of glittery new things just fades. Facades of happiness last for only a short period of time. True revival can only come from the creator of life - Jesus Christ.

Sometimes revival comes from despair or grief, when we are burnt out or feel like we’re just at the end of our rope. But revival isn’t just for times like these - we can have true revival from God just by humbly asking. David knew that God is accessible. He isn’t distant and unreachable as some people might think. He wants us to come near to Him.


The Bible tells us that we can draw close to God. He responds to us by drawing nearer to us. However, we can't expect to come to God with an arrogant and entitled attitude. James 4:8 explained this to us.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you double-minded.

This verse does not mean that we need to work for God's approval. It simply means that we come to God confessing our sin to him. We should not expect God to accept our sin. That's why Jesus died for us - to save us from our sin. By repenting, turning away from sin, we can come near to God. This is the first step toward revival.

For the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, says: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15

We should also get to know God. There is a common misconception that if we follow our hearts, God will simply tell us what to do. This is not taught in the Bible, and so I do not recommend it. We have God’s Word that tells us all about God, His love, and His plan for us.

The words of the Bible are so powerful that they can change our hearts, cause us to act, and defend us from evil. The Bible is the way that we can objectively know exactly how we should act and believe as Christians.

This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has revived me. Psalm 119:50

As revival happens in our life, it should bring worship. As we draw near to God and get to know Him, worship should actually come naturally. God gives us a new song. Our song of despair turns to a song of praise. And as this happens, God brings another miracle. Many others may be revived as they see how God is working.

Psalm 40:30 He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in Yahweh.

So the next time something happens that feels so unfair, shameful, or out of our control, maybe it’s just another opportunity to trust God. What neglected area of our life can be more fully given to God?

Questions:

Do you feel like you need to be revived? Have you ever been moved by the power of someone else’s revival?




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