It’s Hard to Be Revived Alone

Eildert Zwart

READ : 1 Samuel 7:5-13   Why are weddings, graduations and baptisms such big events in our lives? It’s because they are all- important moments of beginning. They’re times when we have big dreams and make serious commitments. This may be one reason why Samuel called the people of Israel to assemble at a place called Mizpah. They needed to know and remember that they had chosen to walk a new path. They also needed to make their commitment to …

If You Are Returning . . .

Eildert Zwart

READ : 1 Samuel 7:2-11   Our goal this month is not just to learn “about revivals,” but to begin seeking God’s reviving work in our lives, churches, and nation. Samuel’s instructions to Israel tell us what we must do if we are returning to the Lord. First, we must get rid of all foreign gods. We must get rid of anything and everything that competes with God for first place in our lives. Second, we must “commit ourselves to …

Mourning and Seeking

Eildert Zwart

READ : 1 Samuel 6:21, 1 Samuel 7:1-4   This stop on our tour of Old Testament revival sites shows us a key characteristic of revival. Verse 2 says the people “. . . mourned and sought after the Lord.” To better appreciate what was happening, I encourage you to read chapters 4-7, which tell the sad story of Israel’s wars with the Philistines and the loss of the ark. Now, 20 years later, the Israelites finally realized they desperately …

The Path to Revival

Eildert Zwart

READ : Exodus 32:7-20   The Israelites were beginning to walk “The Path to Ruin” when they asked Aaron to make gods to lead them. God was angry when He saw what was happening, so He told Moses He was going to destroy them. We may be uncomfortable with God’s words to Moses. But, without God’s anger and warning of punishment, there would have been no revival in Israel. Without God’s anger, the people might have continued to worship the …

Good News or Bad News?

Eildert Zwart

READ : Exodus 32:1-10   Today’s passage contains either “good news” or “bad news,” depending on how you view it. The “good news” is that God is always watching over us, so He sees all that we do and He hears all that we say. The “bad news” is (you guessed it) that God is always watching over us, so He sees and hears all that we do and say. As a child, I was often told to ask myself …