Many a revival has been preached with calls to draw believers back into a closer walk with the Lord. In modern times, many approaches try to appeal to the current generation in attempts to stay ‘relevant’ while exercising the call to atonement and spiritual renewal. However, in the attempt to stay ‘relevant’ to each new generation, there is a temptation to employ nuanced or subtle methods in the effort to be more palatable and less offensive to the modern hearer.
What is interesting to note is that through all of the attempts of the modern church to be ‘relevant’, what seems to be lost in the process is that the core of human character has not changed since the Garden of Eden. The same principle has been at work in our mortal flesh since the beginning of time. In Ecclesiastes 1:9 it is written: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun”. And, so it is.
Generation by generation, we find ourselves intractably in the same moral dilemma as our ancient ancestors, with each generation requiring repentance and renewal. So, when we seek revival, instead of looking for new inventive ways to appeal to the idolatrous human heart, why not to go to the ancient way that was provided by God in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Here we see the very 1st step God requires in revival is humility. And when a person comes to realize that pride, or the lack of humility is the root cause of every sin; that pride is the king of idolatry; then the process of revival requires that a person deals with the one root sin [pride] that feeds all other sin and stands in the way of true revival. We can also be assured that since, this is the way that was laid out by Lord in scripture that, it is effectual and produces genuine results. God alone determines the way of atonement; He has spoken to us through His word and given us the way. Therefore, let us listen to our God, Follow in the path he provides and lean on His great wisdom and understanding. For, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalms 23:3
In his book Humility, Andrew Murray [1828-1917] chronicles the matter of humility; the lack of it in human nature; humility as seen in the words and life of Jesus Christ; and humility as the missing element in our search for personal revival. Moreover, Murray compels us to consider the Church’s overall lack of awareness of the need for humility as the critical means of following Christ and abiding in the grace of God. He presents a solid case for humility as the very secret to our personal redemption.