–November of 2006
Here on the Hilltop, we have taken the Biblical language of “Seeking Him” as the theme for this school year. The language is found in a number of Biblical passages, but we have chosen Psalm 24:6 as our special passage. The staff and student body has committed themselves to daily seeking the face of the Lord for personal and corporate revival. Each Wednesday chapel is dedicated to a sermon that develops the theme of seeking Him. I began the Wednesday series with the passage from Hosea 10:12 that says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you”. I found two important truths that I wanted to share with the Revivalist family.
First, there is a process in seeking Him. In the language of farming, Hosea says there is plowing, then planting, and then the exercise of patience. Plowing is the deepest and most painful part of revival. The hidden must be exposed – the hard ground broken up and softened. Planting is the most instructive and enjoyable part of revival. It can be simply glorious to fill our prepared hearts with the good seed of the Word, prayer, and faith. Patience is the most challenging part of revival. We can be highly engaged in the first two steps but only God can send the rain and the ultimate harvest.
Evan Roberts, the human instrument in the 1904 Wales revival, gave the following steps as a process for seeking revival: 1. Confess all known sin to God; 2. Deal with and get rid of any “doubtful” area of your life; 3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly; 4. Confess Christ publicly. It was a good process, as over 100,000 people were led to saving faith in Jesus Christ during that move of God.
Second, there is a promise in seeking Him. The Bible is very clear that God delights to respond to His children. James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God…and He will draw nigh to you.” The Prophet Isaiah told us that He would “pour water upon him that is thirsty…” (Isa. 44:3). The Apostle Paul gives the most encouraging word of all when he tells us that “all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Co 1:20). God longs to say “Yes” to the earnest cry of His children for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit.
This truth is illustrated in an event that happened over two centuries ago. President Thomas Jefferson and a group were traveling across country on horseback when they came to a river which had left its banks due to a recent downpour. The swollen river had washed the bridge away, so each rider was forced to ford the river on horseback, and the swift currents posed a life-threatening situation. A man traveling by foot was standing aside at river’s edge. He watched each of the riders in turn plunge in and finally make it to the other side. When Jefferson was the only rider left to cross, the man asked the president if Jefferson would ferry him across the river. The president agreed without hesitation. When safely on the other side, another rider asked the man, “Tell me why you selected the president to ask this favor of?” The man was shocked, as he didn’t know it was President Jefferson. “All I know,” he said, “was that on your faces was written the answer ‘No,’ but on his face was written the answer ‘Yes.’”
Written on the face of God is the answer “yes” to the cry of His children who long for and seek after a personal revival.