August 21

2 Chronicles 28-31, Psalm 78

As we see history moving towards it's culmination, the "End times" described in the Bible, it should move us to come back to the question of why is the United States absent or silent during this time. For us, history moves slow, day by day. There is a tendency to read ancient history and condense it in our minds. For Israel, Saul became king around 1050 B.C. Judah fell to the Babylonians with it's final king in 586 B.C. This is a total of 464 years. During that period they had roughly 10 good periods led by 10 good kings, or you could say 10 periods of revival. In our nation, the Mayflower landed in 1620 A.D. So our nation is roughly in existence for around 400 years (though not independent till 1776). During that period we have had revivals or awakenings in 1727, 1792, 1830, 1857, 1882, 1904, 1906, 1930's, and the 1970's with the Jesus Movement initiated by Chuck Smith. Back to the initial question, we find ourselves currently living in a nation steeped in moral depravity. Is our nation irrelevant in end times because of this, or can we see one more revival and not be mentioned in end times because, perhaps, there will be a surge of those who commit themselves to Christ and those raptured are so many as to make our nation irrelevant.

We read today about a good king who led his nation towards revival. In 2 Chr 29:10, we see his heart, "Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us." He worked at this with singleness of mind and we read in 29:36, "Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly." Being zealous for the Lord, he was not satisfied with restricting the revival to just Judah. Since the Passover, one of the three required feasts to be celebrated in Jerusalem, had not been done so for a very long time (2 Chr 30:6), he sent runners throughout all of Israel encouraging them to come back to Jerusalem for the celebration. Though we read in 30:10 that many in Israel laughed and mocked at the runners, we read in 2 Chr 30:11-12, "Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of the Lord." Realize, the nation of Israel split under Rehoboam roughly 930 B.C., so many of those living in the Northern kingdom had not served the Lord for nearly 200 years. They no longer knew how to cleanse themselves for the Passover, so we see Hezekiah interceding on their behalf in 30:18-19, "...May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone who prepares his heart to seek God...".

Our nation last experienced revival almost 50 years ago. Like all movements they tend to fade. This is not to say that we don't have great pastors still encouraging the people, but over time the zeal of the people tends to wane. The stakes have never been more serious with current events moving as they are. The question is, are we satisfied to sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to lead the charge. Why not any of us. Revival does not require a president or even a specific pastor. Revival needs to start in the hearts of each and every one of us. We need to get out of our comfort zones and realize what will happen if people continue to ignore God. Many, like happened above, will choose to mock and laugh at us. But some will respond. The only thing that limits us is ourselves and our own fear at the response of others. God promises that if we are willing to step out in faith, He will give us the words to say and He will be the One to empower us. May God ignite a fire in us and may we see revival in our midst. May we have the same heart as Isaiah, when he said in Isaiah 6:8, "Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

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Marj Lancaster