A shallow revival!
Scripture reading for September 21st: Nahum 1-3
A century earlier, Jonah had come to Nineveh and called the people to repentance. A great wave of conviction fell on leaders, men and even the animals. All repented and called on the Lord and He had mercy and saved them from destruction. (Jonah 3:6-10) These people got serious and averted the destruction that God had warned them of!
After a generation, God again sent Nineveh a decree of divine displeasure and coming destruction. (Nahum 2:13) Their time to make changes had come to an end. The revival of a century earlier had temporarily caused them to humble themselves, but they soon returned to their wicked ways. The revival did not affect their hearts.
In the midst of this prophecy, Nahum spoke a word of “good news” and peace to Judah. The wicked would no longer invade them and they would be restored to their land. In fact, the wicked would be completely destroyed! (Nahum 1:15) We know that God has defeated evil through the cross of Jesus Christ. He will ultimately defeat all wickedness and set up His reign of peace on the earth.
God always warns the wicked of the coming disaster. Nahum’s words were unmistakable. “. . all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft.” “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. All who see you will flee from you and say, ‘Nineveh is in ruins–who will mourn for her?’ Where can I find anyone to comfort her? ” (Nahum 3:4-5, 7)
As we think of God’s warnings to Nineveh, it is easy to think that they are meant for someone else. It is easy to give lip service to God, but still have a heart far from Him. This is a day of mercy and a day of “good news”! Don’t let a shallow revival bring you to a place of judgment! Go for the deep revival of true repentance that brings everlasting peace and blessing!
“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39