In 1740-1742, there was a mighty movement (known as the first Great Awakening) of the Holy Spirit of God in the churches in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA., of which one church was where Jonathan Edwards pastored. Stirred by the Spirit to deal with issues raised by the movement, Jonathan Edwards wrote a small but significant treatise titled “The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God”.
In one chapter, Jonathan Edwards listed out those signs that infallibly prove that a work is of God. A major sign seen in a true revival is that believers will experience a deep hunger for God’s Word. As someone observed, “True revivals turn the people of God into busy Bible-beavers. Bibles long set aside in favour of TV Guide began to be eagerly searched and devoured.” Loving and obeying God’s Word is a very major sign of a God-sent revival.
Many years ago, a revival broke out in a foreign land. One of the young converts who failed to catch the word “revival” mistakenly said this in a report: “We are having a great re-Bible here.” Amen!! The Bible is so central to God’s reviving work, that while we might laugh at the young convert’s mistake, we also ought to say that there is no difference between “re-vival” and “re-Bible.”
God-sent revivals build people up in the truth. People’s hearts were filled with the hunger for the Word of God. During times of revival, people become humble in God’s presence.
Are we experiencing a revival in our midst? Do we have a hunger to read and study God’s Word? It is my earnest prayer that our congregation will experience a “great re-Bible,” I mean, great revival. It is my prayer that more small groups will be formed and more leaders will be trained and equipped to lead and to handle the Word of God. (cf. 2 Tim 2:15).
Prayer: “God please send us a mighty Holy Spirit revival! May we have a ‘Great Re-Bible.’”
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves,
and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
(2 Chron. 7:14)
Rev. Eddy Lim