by Bill Muehlenberg, Author & Commentator, Culturewatch
We need a renewed desire and hunger for God’s word.
“Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the Levites – all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. The king stood by his pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord – to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, and to obey the words of the covenant written in this book. Then he had everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledge themselves to it; the people of Jerusalem did this in accordance with the covenant of God, the God of their ancestors. Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors.” (2 Chronicles 34: 29-33)
The need of the hour is revival. All believers should be praying for heaven-sent, life-changing, and world-impacting revival. Without it the West looks to be all but finished. There are various cases of revival found in the biblical record. The one recorded here involves the remarkable reforms undertaken by King Josiah of Judah following the discovery of the Book of the Law. We read about this remarkable king in 2 Kings 22-23 and 2 Chronicles 34-35. Josiah came to the throne at eight years of age and ruled for 31 years. During the eighteenth year of his reign (622 BC) the Book of the Law (most likely Deuteronomy) was found while temple repairs were being carried out. While he had been involved in various reforms before this, major revival broke out after the Word of God was found.
This was a real turning point for the people of Judah. Sadly however it was not to last, and after Josiah died, he was followed by Jehoahaz who “did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as his predecessors had done” (2 Kings 23:32). But a period of grace, renewal and reform took place which was to be among the great highlights of Judah’s history. And it was all solidly based on a clear commitment to the Word of God. Biblical revelation is always the basis for powerful renewal and revival. In his discussion about characteristics of revival in the Old Testament, Walter Kaiser puts it this way: “Every revival in the Old Testament rested solidly on a new and powerful proclamation of the Word of God.”
So if we crave revival – and we all should – then we must seek a fresh love of God’s Word, and a new willingness to read it, study it, and fully obey it. Without the Word of God completely embraced and championed, we will not see the revival we are looking for. I finish with the words of Charles Spurgeon: “If we want revivals, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God. If we want conversions, we must put more of God’s Word into our sermons.”
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85: 6) Give us a renewed desire and hunger for your Word, and give us a heart to obey it fully. Revive us again O Lord. AMEN.
Watch The Revival Hymn (shortened) www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc58_06wZmA
Canberra Declaration Daily Prayer Points for October
- AWAKENING to Christ: Renewal in the Church and Revival in the Nation – with millions coming to Christ. John 3:16
- AWAKENING for Marriage: Renewal of marriages and restoration of marriage. Ephesians 5: 25 -32
- AWAKENING for Family: Renewal and healing for families. Isaiah 61:1
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