Devotionals

Revival in a Time of Preparation

I recall a frosty morning in October. I stood in the kitchen waiting for the coffee pot to brew my morning aide. Looking out our second floor window to the horizon where to sun barely peeked over the trees, I could see the blanket of fuzzy ice enveloping everything, speaking of a time that would soon be coming.

I looked down at my cold feet thinking I should find some socks to warm myself, but the coffee pot told me that I needed to warm my insides first. I needed to be perked up for my day. I needed a revival from the weary sleep and the cold night.

When you think of fall, you think of a time of preparation. Farmers harvest to prepare their land to sleep. Animals prepare their homes with nature’s insulation so they can be safe. We prepare our wardrobes so our children can be protected from the elements and we can have the tools to face a frozen car windshield. Preparation for rest, sleep.

When we think of fall we don’t think of a time for revival. Revival comes with spring, new birth, the resurrection, not the harvest. At this point in the year, our spring revival should be pulling in the fruits that we already planted.

What is stopping us from planting seeds in the season of harvesting? Planting seeds of hope, building the kingdom, and stepping up in faith should be something that should be done in all seasons.

No season changes so much that we can’t strive for revival.

Revival.

Habakkuk 3:2 “O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, I do fear. In the midst of the tears revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.”

The Lord can revive our hearts and minds, revive our churches, and revive our communities all in one breath and without care to season. He set seasons into motion to help our time here on earth, but at the same time he prepares us for eternity by constantly waking us up out of our rest. He wakes us up during the harvest. He sets revival into motion at all times.

Ephesians 5:14 “For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Don’t sleep just because the culture tells you that it’s the time to be doing so. Be awake and watchful. Be ready to tell of the good news. On frosty mornings with coffee cup in hand, prepare for a day to be a light.

Move forth, and in prayer, remember these words: “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 Chronicles 7:14

Not just in a lighter season, but in all seasons, pray and be ready to move.

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