For the past five months, this scripture text and the topic “Revival”, has been the theme for spiritual growth. In this tall and elegant building is filled with people who are here on weekdays and on Sundays listening with keen interest to Evey Preacher who mounts the stage to talk about “Revival”. I would want to believe that this message, if not for all specific topics has pierced through hearts and people have given thoughts about it.
When approaching 2 Chronicles 7:14, one must first consider the immediate context. After Solomon dedicated the temple, the Lord appeared to him and gave him some warnings and reassurances. “The Lord appeared to him at night and said: ‘I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.’ When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
What is Revival?
Revival refers to a spiritual reawakening from a state of dormancy or stagnation in the life of a believer.
The question I keep asking is;
Are we revived? What shows we have gone through this revival period? How’s our prayer life? When last did we go for evangelism? How’s our Bible study and quiet time?
If what I was some months ago or a year ago is better than what I am now, then I need a revival. The scripture says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in faith…”(2 Corinthains 13:5). I believe this is the time for genuine examination of our walk with God. We must not be like the church in Laodicea in Revelations 3:14-19. They thought they were rich and doing well but God was not satisfied with them. He said they were poor and miserable.
Once, I had to remind a friend:”Do you know the Bible clearly speaks about Back-biting and Gossiping? To him, these are normal of humans to do and sees no reason why one should be perturbed about it.
I know we fall short of these little little sins… But hey, it’s time we become conscious of certain things and put a stop to them.
Can we keep the fire Burning? It may seem difficult but, remember Judgement awaits us all… Let’s be conscious of our iniquities and Yearn to do more for God.
Let’s vow to do this together!