“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (ANIV)
But maybe that is only one small piece of the revival jigsaw, I want to show you a more important OLD part …
Why do so many people look down on anything old these days?
The problem is that everything is ‘improved’ and ‘new’.
Why is that, because these things couldn’t have been perfect to start with!
But God’s work is perfect.
He can’t be improved, neither can His works.
We can be such an arrogant generation!
All the modern technology does not change peoples hearts.
People are the same inside as they were thousands of years ago.
God’s message can’t be improved. (But methods must be changed to suit the generation).
God’s message is the perfect medicine for the disease of sin and death.
Sometimes looking back can be good.
People can get stuck in the past.
They seem to spend their time looking back at how good things were when they were younger and this is often not very healthy.
I have found the life of George Whitefield inspiring.
God used this man to bring true, lasting revival to the United Kingdom in the 18th century.
Do you know how George Whitefield was revived himself?
By asking for the ancient paths and asking where the good way is.
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)
He read Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Bible, which opened his mind to the wonder of God’s Word.
He prayed over the Bible passages and the Holy Spirit opened his mind to Biblical Truth.
Yes, revivals start by looking back at what God has done in the past and by returning to the Word of God.
Looking back at what God has done is a Biblical concept:
The Psalmist wrote:
“I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them.
O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you?
You are the God of miracles and wonders!
You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.” Psalm 77:11-14 (NIV)
Notice the Psalmist is looking back at God’s mighty deeds, but he also says “You are the God of miracles…”
He doesn’t live in the past, His God now is a Holy God of power and who works miracles.