1/23/08

Why I Know Revival Can Come

I love to study about past revivals in the church. A stone plaque sits on my desk, a constant reminder that revival can come again. It bears the words of a beloved revivalist who shaped my vision for what God can do in His church and through His children.

In the words of Del Fehsenfeld, Jr.: “As long as God is on His throne, revival is as possible as the sun rising tomorrow morning.” In other words, revival is tied in with God’s sovereign control; it as “possible” as the dawning of each new day. Revival does not depend on us; it is the merciful touch of a loving God. God can revive who He will, and when, but we certainly can make the kinds of choices that God may honor with a touch from heaven.

We may think that revival is impossible, but scripture says, “The things impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). We may think that we can generate revival, but “a man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven” (John 3:27). No one can come to God unless the Father draws him (John 6:44). This refers to salvation, but perhaps also to the wooing of the Spirit, calling us to a deeper walk with the Father.

It is the grace of God that works in us (I Corinthians 15:10), and it is God who perfects His work (Philippians 1:6). Power and might are in His hand (2 Chronicles 20:6), and none of His purposes can be thwarted (Job 42:2). We may try to “plan” our lives, but the Lord is the director of our steps (Proverbs 16:9). We may also set an agenda for revival, but God is the giver of even this good gift.

It is our responsibility to trust, to obey, to yield, to submit, to serve, and to be ready. These are all choices that we can make. And we can anticipate, believing: “... the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”


1 comment:

Kelly said...

I am in total agreement with your thoughts on revival. It is all of our responcibilities to bring about revival through prayer and petition. It has to be at the forefront of our thoughts and desires. Thank you Dawn, for keeping it in front of us and to take that responcibility.