Revival was needed in Isaiah’s day. God’s place was trampled down, and God’s enemies seemed to triumph over God’s people. “For a little while your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary. We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been called by your name” (Isaiah 63:18-19). Even today, age-old Christian beliefs can be twisted and devalued. Christian values can be misunderstood and ridiculed. Yet we take our
In a recent conversation with other pastors in Queens, we talked about our similar experiences of people who have dropped out of church during this pandemic. We shared similar feelings of sadness over this loss. The prophet Isaiah also grieved over God’s people. “Why, LORD, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance” (Isaiah 63:17). Of course, God doesn’t
I recently read the story of the Welsh Revival that took place in 1904-1905. It’s considered the largest Christian revival during the 20th century. Christian gatherings were characterized by a spontaneity of prayers, testimonies, confession of sins, and singing. Scores of people were filled with the Holy Spirit and upwards to 100,000 people in Wales came to faith in Jesus. The Welsh Revival also triggered revivals in several other countries. One key leader was Evan Roberts who had experienced a profound anointing
So many people today believe that they get along just fine without God. A pandemic hits and they don’t even think of God. God, they maintain, is an optional extra – good for you, but not for them. Sadly, we can sometimes live independent from God, as though he doesn’t even exist. Or, we call upon God only when we’re facing a crisis. Or, we think that if we just do our Christian duty, that is good enough. Mike Smith, a pastor
As Isaiah prays, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,” he has some specific pictures in mind (Isaiah 64:1). He was concerned for his country. He could foresee the Babylonians coming in, ravaging the land, taking the people into captivity, leaving their homeland utterly desolate. Did God notice? “Look down from heaven and see, from your lofty throne, holy and glorious” (Isaiah 63:15). Have you noticed that when we’re also in desperate situations, we ask the same things of God?