What We Can Learn From History
If you study history with a biblical worldview there is example after example in the Old Testament where nations were warned of their sinful condition. When they failed to heed the warnings they suffered severe judgment from God as a result. Those nations were Israel, Babylon, Egypt, Assyria and cities such as Tyre, Sidon, Nineveh, and even Jerusalem. Every one of those places were given not only warning about the path they were on but also very simple instructions on how to make the needed corrections. What I have learned about this history is that each country or city crossed a threshold after being warned. Then, if they did not repent, it was often some years before God would send the promised judgment. He always gave them time to repent and correct their way but, sadly, often history reveals they did not repent or heed the offer of correction they were given. It seems that every nation or city crossed a threshold where there was no turning back.
I have heard this statement often: If you will prove to me there is a God then I will believein him. I made that statement myself in years past, in my searching days: If I could just have some proof. Well, there are some very evident proofs that there is a God.
We have covered many subjects in the last 6 months from pandemics to revivals. Revival simply means return to life. It means to return to a life that has been lost. The Scriptures teach us that we are reconciled to God through his Son Jesus Christ. What does that actually mean? The word reconcile means recovering a relationship that has been lost. We hear that word used if a couple who were divorced or have experienced a separation from their mate, then through counselling or through prayer their broken marriage is reconciled. It means to return to the relationship the couple once enjoyed. Often for a marriage to be reconciled there needs to be trust returned and proved, or apologies made from the heart to one another before reconciliation can happen.
A fact of Canadian –and more specifically Canadian prairie history – is that not that long ago the most important institution in every town and in every family was their church. God ordained three institutions for the human race. The first one was marriage. The second was human government. It is hard to believe with all the chaos and confusion in the world today regarding politics and elections that God had anything to do with it but He did. He ordained government and gave principles for governments to function properly. Governments are to manage populations and kingdoms through law and order. Thirdly, God ordained the church in our age for a place for everyone to worship. In the ideal society it would be families and government officials and leaders all worshipping in church and then attempting to govern families and countries according to Bible principles. We don’t need a long discussion about the way things are today to know we are not doing well in these areas. Marriage, family, government and even the church today is tried and found wanting.
Revival is not a religious commotion. It is not special meetings with an evangelist preaching each night even though these things might accompany a revival. A revival is when the Holy Spirit of God descends on a group of people in such a powerful way that it leaves a permanent change on those affected.