Revive Thy Work

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear.  O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.  Habakkuk 3:2 (N.A.S.B.)

A revival does not happen just because meetings are planned but because we seek to know God for who He is and not just who we are comfortable with Him being.  Have we honestly said to ourselves what do you require of me, and then are we willing to be obedient.  Habakkuk reminds the people that they have heard about the Lord and honor, respect, and yes even fear.  The Lord is just and can and will punish disobedience and sin.

Habakkuk also asks that the Lord revive His work in the midst of the years.  Habakkuk is asking for God to revive His work and allow it to live again in a real-time and place, in the midst of these years.  If we look around today, do we see the work of the Lord evident?  Are we allowing God to work in and through us to revive this land and these people?  The revival of the land cannot begin if it does not first begin with the revival of His people.  We must be alive and one fire for Him.  We must see His kingdom as greater than our own, and His glory and legacy greater than our own.  A revival is that we would have new life not because of what we can do but because of what God is doing in and through us.

To make known the work of God in these years brings each of us to a higher level of responsibility and accountability.  We may not want to pray for what Habakkuk prayed.  It is a prayer of risk but also a prayer of hope.  Habakkuk then asks that as God revives and makes known that His wrath would be tempered with mercy.  In knowing His will and standards we acknowledge that He is right and so are His ways.  He is also just and so He must punish sin, but the hope is in wrath the He will remember mercy.  That mercy today is granted to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

It begins with us His people.  We need to take seriously the victorious life we have in Him.  We will never likely know a time in our country or in any country that all people would know Him and do as they should, but it must begin with us.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14 (K.J.V.)

Notice Chronicles begins with if my people will humble, pray, seek, and repent, then God will forgive and heal their land.  Perhaps we should be more engaged in seeking a revival of the people of God to heal our land than to the heated political arena.  Trust God and allow Him to work in and through us, to revive His work in this land by reviving it in our hearts.  May you hunger and thirst for righteousness and find your cup overflowing with the blessings of God, and share those blessings with others.

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