We often hear the word “revival” especially in terms of faith, and we think of the great past movements of God where masses of people come together and aggressively seek Him. They make a huge noise, lead by a passionate person or persons who champion the cause. God loves and honors that! He shows up and manifests His glory through revival! Revivals are definitely the work of God! He raises leaders who are willing to step up and boldly move in His name and for His cause. Revivals inspire us and set a standard of what God can do with a willing group of passionate people. That being said, many revivals have come and gone. They have passed and died out. Why? I propose it is because revival in itself is not a thing. Revival is the momentum built by the small and often silent decisions we make in our hearts daily. Revival is built on the hearts of men and women, not in the tagline or mission statement of an organization.
A raindrop is a simple and non-threatening element in itself. Wind is a non-threatening movement of the air in itself. But combined, with enough mass and momentum, these two individual things can cause great devastation; as we have recently witnessed in both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A person who lives a righteous life may in him/herself be a declaration of war on evil, but a mass group of righteous people all moving in the same direction with enough momentum is a devastating force to the power of darkness in this world.
When we seek God with all of our hearts He has promised to reveal Himself to us.
Proverbs 8:17 - “I love those who love Me; And those who diligently seek Me will find Me.
Jeremiah 29:13 - ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Diligently seek. Search with all your heart. These are both directives and conditions on whether or not we find Him. Often times we fit God in where we can, if we even try to fit Him in at all. We are busy after all! We have mortgages to think about, food to put on the table, businesses to run, perpetual bills to pay, activities to go to; constantly full schedules that glorify themselves on “being busy”. These are all realities of this life that we can’t escape. Right? But we can decide where we invest ourselves. If those things are the most important to you, so be it! Those things will always be there for you to attend to. But what reward is in them, past just attending to them daily? They become a task master instead of a servant.
Matthew 6:24 - “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
The treasures we spend energy trying to obtain or accomplishments we seek to achieve in life, end up being themselves, the very things that we become servants to. At what cost? At the expense of peace, and rest. Don’t hear me wrong, I am not insinuating that we should be lazy. God honors hard work. But revival is found in rest. Rest is what equips us for great work. It is in the quietest place of our hearts that we are renewed, and through that renewal, transformed. It is in that transformation, that God speaks. When He speaks it is a devastating force to darkness. Where Light is, darkness cannot exist. That is where revival is born.
The enemy to our souls would have us be constantly distracted by a million things other than what God is doing in our own individual hearts. But the end of the story is already written. The Author of life has already obtained victory. The enemy is defeated. The question is where do WE fit into that story? Will we end up saying to God, “I was just so busy!” or will we be written in the history of the world as part of the victorious momentum of revival that devastated the work of darkness?
Blessings to all of you in Jesus’ name.