A Surefire Way to Get Revival

Revival is a great thing, a great thing many desire to create for their own time. Revivals are tough to produce, though. It seems they either happen or they don’t. Can one go about creating one?

Some people think so, others think revivals are just weird, don’t worry about it.

The Bible refers to several revivals, particularly in the history of Israel and Judah. Based on who the king was, the people were brought  to or away from God. When they came back it was revival and cool.

2 Chronicles 15 mentions one revival where the people of Judah “had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.”

What a great thing to have a nation seek after God with dedication and desire. How did Judah produce such things? Was it

*Good music?
*Stirring preaching?
*Interpretive dance?
*YouTube videos of cats?
*Prayer meetings?
*Bible reading?
*Tears, wailing and weeping over sin?
*Violent hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes?
*Erecting tents with sawdust covered floors?

No, it was none of these things. Two verses earlier we are told what the cause of their great revival was, it had to do with a vow they vowed, which said:

“That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.”

Yup, that’ll work. Hey, we’re having a revival over here and we just want everyone to know that if you don’t get revived with us, we’re going to kill you. Come on out at 7 tonight! Refreshments served afterwards!

Hey, it works every time it’s tried.

One thought on “A Surefire Way to Get Revival”

  1. A real revival would actually have that kind of seriousness about it.

    The historical background of Asa’s revival was this:

    2 Chronicles 15
    3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
    4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
    5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.
    6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.
    7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

    So it was death either way. If you didn’t seek the Lord, it was death also. So anyone who wouldn’t seek the Lord was handing over the whole country to death, and therefore was worthy of death. Serious times require serious actions.

    It was actually a high-point in the history of Judah after Solomon’s death. There was a chance that the nation could have been united again:

    2 Chronicles 15
    9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

    The decision to kill everyone who wouldn’t participate in this revival seems a bit harsh to us, partly because we are not living in a nation that is God’s chosen agent to the world, and partly because we no longer use the sword. The New Testament way is to separate from unfaithful members of the church.

    This is seldom practiced though and so revivals today are more like social parties. No wonder that there is no more urgency or “life and death” seriousness about them.

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