September 19, 2016
We're famous for this. God is speaking all the time. Paul reminds us in Romans that He is constantly communicating to us through creation, conscience, Christ, and through His Church. In fact, he says, that everyone is ""without excuse"" when it comes to God's accessibility.
But we do not pay attention well. As a nation, this is abundantly evident. If there was ever a moment where we should be crying out in prayer for God's mercy, it is now. We see signs of fervent prayer that are encouraging, but is it all God desires?
Israel failed to listen and their collapse was warned, yet still a surprise.
""Since you have rejected this word and have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them, therefore this iniquity will be to you like a breach about to fall, a bulge in a high wall, whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant (Isaiah 30:12-13).
We witnessed this at 9/11. A sudden attack. And now, we are seeing increasing terrorism on almost a weekly basis. But the worst assault is on morality. The collapse is not impending. Our moral wall has fallen.
What most of us fail to grasp is that this does not get better without revival. In fact, it can get suddenly worse. The way of life most enjoy can be lost in short order. The freedoms that the church has experienced can be arrested. Because we have grown up with such liberty, it is hard to imagine their loss.
Will it get better without revival? Without a great, gracious, sovereign outpouring of His Spirit, bringing the course correction we need? I don't think so. In fact, the prospect is for continued digression, just as every nation has experienced in history when they've reached this level of social and moral rebellion.
OUR ONLY HOPE
The most amazing thing about such moments is our waiting God. In this same prophetic passage, God gives this prescription:
""For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, 'In repentance and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust is your strength.' But you were not willing"" (Isaiah 30:15).
Willingness is illustrated by our daily routine—our repentant, fervent response. Has your spiritual lifestyle intensified in light of the potential, coming collapse?
Are we willing? Only time will tell. Until then, we should cry out and enlist every one we know to join us for the merciful intervention of our great, reviving Savior!
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The rapid spread of the church in the New Testament can only be attributed to two things: the gracious, miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit and the bold witness of His followers. If God had not moved, nothing would have happened. If believers had not shared the gospel, the movement would have stalled.
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