Revive Your Work

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Recent days have been tough to say the least. I know that I am not alone in being concerned with all that is taking place and how things are moving at this time. Yet in the midst of it all I am choosing to trust God to bring things to where He wants them.

I am so ready for things to open back up and see people right where they are. I know that in these times doing what needs to be done can be difficult, but God is still God and will bring about His will in the midst of all that is taking place.

Contained in Habakkuk 3:1-2 are some pretty heavy thoughts that need some extra special attention. It is one thing to read the verses, but it is another thing to allow those verses to speak to your heart and bring a change in your life.

Those first two verses say, “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. Lord, I have heard the report about Thee and I fear. O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known, In wrath remember mercy.”

I was always taught when you write an informational note that it needed to contain some key elements. They were: Who, What, When, Where, and if applicable, How. When looking at the second verse some things begin to pop up and reinforce what Habakkuk was praying for at this time.

It simply goes like this. Who – Lord. What – revive Thy work. When – in the midst. Where – in the midst of the years. How – in mercy. Habakkuk had a desire for God to do a work among the people and in the land that would take them deeper with God. Habakkuk was not trying to gain an advantage; He was simply seeking God in his life.

I believe that God once again needs to do a work in our land. At a time when this pandemic has people wondering what is going to happen next in their lives. Then there was the wrongful death of George Floyd plus other instances where people have been judged on their color alone. And then we have been seeing the protests brought on by the actions of some, plus issues that have arisen because of the injustice experienced.

In the midst of this time we desperately need God to ‘revive’ His work in the midst of this time and extend His mercy and grace upon this land. We need God’s hand to move the hearts and lives of His people all across this land to bring them where they need to be. I believe that His mercy is needed at this time all across this land.

Mercy is important. You see, if God revived His work without mercy we would find ourselves in BIG trouble. Yet God reaches out to us, seeking to draw us to Himself with love, compassion, and yes, mercy. Mercy takes away the stain and penalty of sin to replace it with cleansing and pardon.

But the first verse tells us that this was ‘a prayer of Habakkuk’ to the Lord. As Habakkuk prayed, surely we must pray as well. Let our prayer be, “Lord, we have heard of Your great and mighty power; and we stand in awe of You. Lord, in the midst of all that is taking place in our world, revive Your work; reveal to every person who You are. As You work, let Your mercy abound and Your grace be plentiful.”

Even now, God is working in our midst. His desire is for us to draw near to Him, allowing Him to draw near to us. It is my desire that His church, the body of Christ, will be more than a people who meet together. It is my prayer that we will be a people after God’s own heart.

After all, it will be then that God will be able to do a mighty work in and through us.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul