371 Use the Good Times

“When all (the Passover celebrations) had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh” (2 Chronicles 31:1).

Wow! What a dramatic reaction from a wonderful encounter with You. Their rediscovery of faith through obeying Your Word brought forth the type of enthusiasm for holiness we sometimes see after a dramatic conversion, and have heard about following the spiritual revivals in the church’s history.

We have such an abundance of rich encounters with You today, through a myriad of books, joyful fellowship and so many faithful preachers opening up Your truth to us. We love that, we rejoice to hear truth declared, we feel encouraged and strengthened in our faith. Yet none of it seems to have much effect on our day to day lives. We are not empowered as these people were.

Many jump on the bandwagon when exciting things are happening. You see it today in areas where revival is reported and in the growth of megachurches where My Spirit is seen to be working in miraculous ways. This is not wrong, but it is when that season of visible blessing passes that the real test comes, as it did for this generation of My people Israel. When the next evil king arises, when persecution strengthens, then who will stand strong for Me?

It is those who have not only heard My Word but have obeyed it (Luke 11:28). It is those who have developed this measure of faith in the years of plenty who have the deep roots that hold them in lean years (1 Kings 19:18, Deuteronomy 7:9). Remember the parable of the sower and the seed (Luke 8:15).

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