“O Lord, now I have heard Your report, and I worship You in awe for the fearful things You are going to do. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, as You did in years gone by. Show us Your power to save us. In Your wrath, remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2 (TLB)
Slowly but surely it is beginning to dawn on more and more Christians that the complex mess man has made in the land can only be resolved by God Himself. That in itself is a good thing! It is also increasingly clear that the efforts, strategies, etc. put forth by man (whether sinner or saint) is inadequate to effectively deal with the profound problems of the day, and hopefully voices in the Church in America are pointing us to our true Deliverer, the Lord God Almighty!
The question is, “What kind of revival are we praying for?” I know, I ended a sentence with a preposition, but the question remains valid nonetheless! The prophet Habakkuk initially prayed for his own version of revival, questioning the Lord about using the wicked terrorist Chaldeans to triumph over the “righteous” Hebrews, but the Lord reminded him of the multitude of sins of His own people…rebellion, arrogance, idolatry, child sacrifice, etc. (Sound familiar?) He assured Habakkuk the Chaldeans would be judged in God’s time, but first the old testament people of God would know the wrath of God, using the wicked as His instruments of judgment. In the meantime, as always, “The righteous shall live by faith,” trusting God to always do the right thing at the right time!
Hopefully, those of us in the Church will move from trying to convince the Lord to do things our way to cooperating with Him in believing prayer to do things His way in His time, and we can come to the place where Habakkuk came,
“Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit, and though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the field, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord’ I will be happy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He will give me the speed of a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.” Habakkuk 3:17-19. (TLB=The Living Bible).