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Revival - Part 5: The When of Revival
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.
0 Lord, I have heard the report of Thee, and Thy work, O Lord, I do fear. In the midst of the years, renew it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath, remember mercy. God came from Teman and the Holy One from Mount Par an. His glory covered the heavens and the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light, rays flashed from His hand; and there He veiled His power. Before Him went pestilence, and plague followed close behind. He stood and measured the earth; He looked and shook the nations; then, the eternal mountains were scattered, the everlasting hills sank low. His ways were as of old. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. Was Thy wrath against the rivers, O Lord? Was Thy anger against the rivers, or Thy indignation against the sea, when Thou didst ride upon Thy horses, upon Thy chariot of victory? Thou didst strip the sheath from Thy bow and put the arrows to the string. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. The mountains saw Thee and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice, it lifted its hands on high. The sun and moon stood still in their habitation at the light of Thine arrows they sped, at the flash of Thy glittering spear. Thou didst bestride the earth in fury, Thou didst trample the nations in anger. Thou wentest forth for the salvation of Thy people, for the salvation of Thine anointed. Thou didst crush the head of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Thou didst pierce with Thy shafts the head of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. Thou didst trample the sea with Thy horses, the surging of mighty waters. I hear and my body trembles, my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters my bones, my steps totter beneath me. I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon the people who invade us. Though the fig tree does not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like hind's feet, He makes me tread upon my high places.
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
Revival - Pastor Robert K. Teske
Tomorrow - The When of Revival - Part 5:A
"Setting apart seasons of fasting and prayer and humiliation, both individually and collectively, has very commonly been attended with blessing." --Francis Wayland
Habakkuk appears on the scene unannounced. Who he was, and of what family or tribe he was born we are not told. Neither do we know very much about the time of his ministry. But we gather from the content of his messages that he came on the scene before the invasion of Judah by the Babylonians. His name is obscure, though there are scholars who tell us that it denotes "ardent embracing" or "wrestling." There is no doubt that he was a man who wrestled with God.
Revival - Pastor Robert K. Teske
Tomorrow - The When of Revival - Part 5:B
A: She went door to door with a book full of blank pages.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.
Wow, if anything should keep us humble in our calling it is the above scriptures. God has called the foolish, weak, and base of this world to be kings and priests in His Kingdom one day.
What does that say about us, why is it that way, and what does it all mean?
Well, first off, what it says about us is that we are not wise or mighty on our own. Any wisdom we show, anything good we do, any might we exhibit, all comes from God. Without God, we are without hope for the future, and live a life without genuine meaning or purpose.
The reason God chooses the foolish, base and weak is because those who see themselves as wise, already think they know everything. Did you ever try to teach anything to a know-it-all? God chooses people who are pliable, and who realize they are weak, base and need Him.
Someone who is strong and powerful counts on their own strength in life. They don’t need or want anyone’s help. God will not help someone who is not willing to accept His help. And, God cannot help or change those who think they don’t need help or changing.
A great example of the how and why, can be found in a parable in Luke 14.
Luke 14:16-24 16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”
Most of the wise and mighty, and the proud and privileged don’t feel they need God. For most of them life is good, and they are happy to live their lives for themselves. Many of them don’t even know that they need God, because the god of this world has them convinced they have everything they need.
When God says he will take the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, He is saying He will fill us with His Spiritual wisdom. With that spiritual wisdom we will impact the world in ways that those who are wise in their own site could never imagine.
Who has a greater impact on someone’s life; someone who writes a book on the big bang, and the complexities of the universe; or someone who writes about the love, sacrifice and mercy of Jesus Christ? Can the wisdom of man give the down trodden hope? Can the wisdom of man explain the purpose of man, or what the future holds for man?
So, for all the intellectuals who want to argue against the existence of God, and intelligent design, what good do they do, or what impact do they have on life? What have they solved or made better? They have only given themselves an excuse to live however they wish, and steal hope from the others who trust in the wisdom of man.
Look up and read about the cones of the eye, or the how the brain works, or how life could not exist if we were just a little closer or a little farther from the sun. So many things are symbiotic in life, and life could not exist without that being so.
Why is it that those who are foolish, base and weak can understand these things, but some of the great intellectuals cannot?
The reason is God. It is the wisdom of God, and His goodness that helps us to understand these things; and it is the wisdom of man that blinds his eyes to the same things.
We are so blessed, so fortunate, so loved; and we should be so grateful.
We are a chosen and peculiar people, but we are chosen not for our wisdom, power or might. We are chosen because we were weak, foolish and base, which makes is pliable in the Masters Hands.
So never wear your Christianity as a badge of honor, but a badge of gratitude and humility, and from one weak, foolish and base person to another, God bless you!
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