6 Will you not revive(A) us again, that your people may rejoice(B) in you?
Our mistake is that we want God to send revival on our terms. We want to get the power of God into our hands, to call it to us that it may work for us in promoting and furthering our kind of Christianity. We want to still be in charge, guiding the chariot through the religious sky in the direction we want it to go, shouting “Glory to God,” it is true, but modestly accepting a share of the glory for ourselves in a nice inoffensive sort of way.
Henceforth, we are calling on God to send fire on our altars, completely ignoring the fact that they are our altars and not God’s. And like the prophets of Baal we are working ourselves into a frenzy as if we could by violence command the arm of the Almighty.
Furthermore, the whole error results from a confused notion of revival and a failure to recognize the moral laws that underlie the kingdom of God. God never moves whimsically; His ways are never impulsive or erratic. He never sends judgment unless there has been a violation of His laws, nor does He send blessing apart from obedience to those laws.
So precise are His movements both in justice and in mercy that an intelligent observer, aware of the circumstances, could predict with complete accuracy any visitation of judgment or grace God might send to a nation, a church or an individual.
People in the rut never know when the last leaves are falling for them. Why are people in the rut? There are several possibilities. However, they may never have been truly converted at all, and this is one of our great problems now.
Henceforth, We have a dozen ways of getting people into the kingdom of God, when the Lord said there was only one. They eventually leak in, ooze in, come in by osmosis and get in by marriage–just get in by any kind of way. But there is only one true way. When people find that after being in the church for years they are not making much progress, they ought to examine themselves and wonder whether they have been truly converted.
Furthermore, true conversion means radical repentance, a changed life, conscious forgiveness of sin and a spiritual rebirth. Genuinely converted people, as the old Methodists said, had a radical repentance, which eventuated in a changed life. Then there came a consciousness of forgiveness of sins and a spiritual rebirth. People in the rut may never have had that at all.
To let the cat out of the bag, people in the circular grave, who are getting older without getting holier, may have been abandoned to the devil because of two things–some fleshly sins (1 Corinthians 5) or grave irreverence at the communion table (1 Corinthians 11). Protestants are altogether too much inclined to take things for granted.
Fartherly, we laugh at those on the other side of the ecclesiastical fence because they bow, scrape and kowtow in the presence of the church. But we lack reverence–not because we are free in the gospel, but because God is absent, and we have no sense of His presence. We sometimes come to the communion table in a moral and spiritual state totally unfit for receiving communion, and yet we take it. Paul said, “We are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.”
Sometimes some people think it is easy to get everything you want. You work hard in silence and doing all your best. And they don’t even see that you are doing your best and the position which you are at, you do not like it. And moving to another level is within your best interest.
All they see it is what is infront of them. They watch you hustling, and think you gave up in life or worse, you love the position you are at. They cannot see the prayers you do privately in your heart. All smiley and happy all the time. Being grateful to the little you have and having faith that God is still preparing something huge within the Department of your profession.
It can never be easy to just open up the bag of your dirty laundry for everyone to see. For no matter how much you show them that actually the reason for your daily happiness is not because you got everything you need in your life. However, all because you are grateful for everything and everyone you got surrounding you.
Sometimes even telling folks your business won’t even get you out of the mess or whatever personal stress you have. You being quiet and happy does not mean that you do not have any lack. All you have to know is that, you did not come into this world to serve yourself nor any of your desires. Hence, God brought you forth to serve Him. To bring back His souls to Him the best way you can before He can bless you massively.
To break the ice, it has never been easy. However, I am happy to be in His Palace. Serving Him and waiting on Him. Without Him, even the died body without any flesh, but its soul and spirit in Heaven without our knowledge is way better. Without God, everyone is died-living. Died walking daily to fulfil their worldly chores.
Furthermore, He did not say “seek He first the kingdom of God” blindly. He said it, knowing that the worldly riches depend on heavenly riches. One cannot access the worldly riches without being rich in Heaven.
Resemble that other worldly riches got accessed via selling folks’ souls and spirits. Swearing to serve the devil for the rest of your life because you are unable to be patient at the compound God put you at.
So be real enough to remain faithful to God alone.