"I am going to bring disaster on this place and its people … because they have forsaken Me…. [But] because you humbled yourself before Me … I have heard you, declares the LORD…. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place and on those who live here.” - 2 Chronicles 34:24-28
It was circa 625 B.C. The setting was
and the recipient of God’s message was King Josiah. The northern ten tribes of Judah Israel had been conquered 100 years earlier by
the because God’s patience had
reached its limit. He could only stomach so much idol worship, murder, sexual
perversion, blasphemy and injustice. So,
God’s judgment had come in the form of the invading Assyrian army. kingdom of Assyria
Judah—which contained the two remaining tribes
in the south—was headed for similar destruction. Like her Israelite family
members in the north, Israel
had experienced a moral tailspin. During his lifetime, King Josiah was able to
turn the tide and lead his people back to solid moral ground. Unfortunately,
his efforts were too little too late. During the reign of Josiah’s son, the
army of Judah Babylon captured the city of . It was the
first of three Babylonian invasions that would strike Jerusalem over a 20-year period. Judah
The fact is, prior to Josiah’s ascension to the throne,
had already crossed a
spiritual line in the sand that had sealed her fate. The people’s sin had
mushroomed to such an extent that God’s judgment had to fall upon the nation. Even the godly Josiah could not alter
this divine imperative. Judah
In recent years, I’ve wondered if the
has crossed a similar line
in the sand. While it is encouraging to know that a growing number of Americans
are “pro life,” that doesn’t cleanse our hands of the blood from over 58
million abortions in United
States of America
since 1973. American churches spend millions of dollars sending missionaries
around the world, but American businessmen spend billions peddling pornography around
the world. Although many America
churches are teaching God’s word and standing firm in the faith, far too many
others are caving to societal pressure to be soft on sin and firm on political
I believe that a major spiritual revival is on the horizon, one that will sweep through churches like wildfire, setting the faith of Christians ablaze and resulting in the conversion of millions across the country. I have been praying for revival for over fifteen years, and I am convinced it’s coming in the near future. Yet I wonder … even if such a revival turns our nation back to God, will it be too little too late? Have we, like
already crossed a spiritual threshold? Will God’s judgment fall upon our
country anyway? Judah
If we have not yet passed the point of no return, it’s clear that we are moving in that direction and have no time to lose. Christians must do here in
America what God instructed King Solomon to do
in ancient .
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God laid out a four-step process for ushering in a
national spiritual revival. Israel
#1: We must humble ourselves. We have to honestly confess: We have become an arrogant nation. We have banned the Bible from our public schools. We have removed the Ten Commandments from our courthouses, and we have created our own self-serving morality. The first step to usher in revival is to get off our high horse and down on our knees before God.
#2: We must pray. Christians, we need to spend more time praying for our political leaders than we do criticizing them. Pray for them to be humble. Pray for them to bravely stand on the timeless truths of God’s word. Pray for them to be forgiven for their sin and follow Christ as they lead us.
#3: We must seek God’s face. We need to make sure that our prayers are not all about “Gimme, gimme, gimme.” Seeking God’s face involves hungering and thirsting for His presence, not just hungering and thirsting for the stuff His hands can give us.
#4: We must turn from our wicked ways. Without true repentance, there is no forgiveness of sin. And without forgiveness of sin, revival will never come. Repentance is not just a matter of feeling sorry for our sin. Repentance means acting upon our sorrow. It’s not enough to just be sorry Roe vs. Wade was passed; we must work to overturn it. It’s not enough to just be sorry that marriage has been cheapened in our country; we must work to strengthen it. It’s not enough to lament over how godless our public schools have become; we must strive to turn the tide by standing up for our kids’ God-given rights to pray, read Scripture and share their faith at school.
I hold out hope that there are enough Christians in this country who will cry out to God for a revival that will turn the tide. I hold out hope that there are enough people who will boldly proclaim God’s word, humbly repent of our sins, and prayerfully restore a solid moral foundation in our homes, churches, schools and government. If there are, there is great hope for our nation. Won’t you be one of the many who helps pave the way for revival in
Dane Davis is the Pastor of First Christian Church in Victorville. For more information, visit www.YourVictorvilleChurch.com and join us for worship tomorrow at 10 am.