Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
I don’t know what the word “REVIVAL” brings to mind for you. For some people it may bring to mind a very specific picture of a church event. This week I am at a youth minister’s retreat in Columbia, TN, that I go to every year called “Revival.” It is a time for us to share our struggles, get deep into God’s word, and to share what we are doing in our ministries. It is one of the best things I go to every year and I am honestly not sure if I would be in youth ministry without it. The reason it is so good, is because it is like a reset. For a couple of days, I am being poured into and challenged in a way that wakes me up. It helps me through any challenges I am facing and wakes me up if I am in any kind of rut.
To me “Revival” means to wake up spiritually. But here is the thing…we don’t have to go to a retreat, or have a particularly good worship in order to experience a Revival. Sometimes all it takes is one person in a family to make a decision. To have their own wake up and start the process of waking up. Start moving a little closer to God. And think about this verse and others like it (Psalm 80:19 & James 4:8) They ASK God for revival, for renewal, and tells us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us!