Let me just say how excited I am about our current sermon series, "Rend the Heavens." The subject of revival has been on my heart and mind for several months now, and I can feel that God is going to do something very special as we move through these sermons together as a church.
As we saw Sunday, the first step in the possibility for revival is the INVITATION. Isaiah makes a strong and passionate plea with the God of Heaven that he would look down on His people once again and see their current condition. He then begs the Almighty Creator to "Rend the Heavens" and come down or send His manifest presence down to earth and make His presence known among His people and among the heathen. The third part of the invitation, I believe, is the most critical. Isaiah then invites God to "shake down" anything and everything in His path.
Oh, that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fore burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence.! (Isaiah 64:1-2)
He starts with the mountains. He says that the mountains would melt in His presence. We'll look more at those mountains in tomorrow's post. Think about that. The God of Heaven, the one we worship, the one we pray to, is so powerful and so intense, that His mere presence on this planet causes a complete restructuring of the planet (mountains melting, oceans boiling, etc.) Remember that next time you think your problems are too big for Him to handle!
Then Isaiah moves to those who stand in opposition to God. He begs Him to make HIs presence and name known among the nations and those who work against God's people. When revival happens, the world takes notice.
It is my prayer that through this series, we will get a better understanding of just how big, how holy, how powerful, how in control our God is. I also pray that we will understand just how merciful He is that He cares for us intimately and loves us in spite of our abject failure to meet His standards.