Then his people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and his people—where is he who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he who set his Holy Spirit among them… Isaiah 63:11
As the seriousness of their situation apart from God’s protection and favor began to sink in, the people of Judah remembered the stories told them of how God blessed them through a leader like Moses. We now shift our focus to Judah’s increasing awareness of what they had lost through their rebellion, contrasting it with the time of blessing through Moses. Their spiritual history took on great significance as they began to ask God to do some of the same things in their day as He had done in the days of Moses.
Spiritual memory is important, not just for an awareness of the past, but as an indicator of the future. Do you look at stories of past revivals from scripture and Christian history simply as interesting history? Or are you allowing the Spirit of God to create within you a longing for God to do in our day what He has done in days gone by?
Lord, You have given us a great inheritance. History is filled with stories about how You blessed Your people with Your presence in amazing ways. Would You use those stories to stir my own heart for revival? Do it again Lord, in our day!
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Asleep in the Land of Nod. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God that he promises to refresh you like the dew from heaven in order to blossom as the lily (Hos. 14:5). Give thanks for the beauty of flowers, a beauty to be reflected in the life of every Christian. Confess to God the times you disguise that beauty with outward circumstances which keep you from reflecting his image (Col. 3:5-10). Commit yourself to being clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and especially love, which binds believers together in unity (3:12-14). Ask God to root out the weeds and let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.
Pray that your family and friends may see the real inward beauty of your life reflecting Jesus, which makes your outward appearance beautiful at all times (1 Sam. 16:7).
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