A Time for Revival

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 34:30-31, Genesis 35:1-5


Before revival can come to our nation, it must begin in the hearts of God’s people. This is the lesson we learn from Jacob. God’s blessings should have made Jacob’s life rich and full. But, instead of peace and joy, Jacob was deeply troubled. Something had gone terribly wrong.

Chapter 34 tells us that Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, had been raped. When Dinah’s brothers learned what happened, they sought revenge by killing and looting in the town where the rapist lived. This is why Jacob told Simeon and Levi: “You have brought trouble on me.” Jacob feared that their actions would lead only to more violence and bloodshed.

But, God graciously intervened! God showed Jacob that the reason for his problems lay in his failure to keep his promises. Jacob needed to seek God’s face and go back to Bethel (which means, “house of God”). Jacob’s family needed revival!

Does this speak to what is happening in our families today? We enjoy numerous material blessings, so we have many reasons to worship God. But, some families rarely go to “the house of God” to meet with Him and thank Him for His goodness. Is it time for a revival in your life, or in the life of your family? God says: “Go up to Bethel and settle there” and worship Him!


Lord, speak to us as You spoke to Jacob. Then, lead us to Your house so that we might worship You! In Jesus’ name. Amen.