This is an amazing verse: “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.” Hosea 6:1 ESV. Personal revival starts by you responding to God. We are not designed to live the Christian life without relationship and time with God. “Come, let us return to the Lord.” You have a choice right now to seek God. You can decide to pursue Christ and enjoy the blessings that come with that, or you can decide to just try in your own efforts to live the Christian life. “Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord, His going out is sure as the dawn, He will come to us as showers, as the Spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3 ESV. God desires to revive your soul, not just at the moment of salvation, but daily, moment by moment. God desires that you really know Him.
That personal revival comes not by looking inward but looking to God. James MacDonald, a pastor from Chicago, said it this way: “There is no personal revival without a right view of God”. Another pastor from Chicago, AW Tozer, said this: “What I think about God is the most important decision of my life”. Think about God for a moment. Think about how He is set apart from all of His creation. Think about God’s holiness. That holiness means God deserves my respect and my caution in approaching Him. We love the intimate and personal picture of Jesus being our Good Shepherd, but at times we can resist the transcendent holiness of God. God is holy. We read in Isaiah 6:2 that even the angels hide their eyes from the glory of God.
Personal revival starts with a renewed focus on God’s holiness; to worship Him with reverence and awe. If you conclude with me that you want to pursue God, that you want to know Him in a closer more intimate way, then how does one make that happen? This desire to pursue God will be our focus in Spot of Grace for the next few weeks. This pursuit of God starts by considering His holiness. I love to listen to all different types of worship music. I find that worshipping God helps me focus on Him and not on my own life. I also find that meditating on Scripture helps me focus in my mind on the holiness of God. I love Psalms and Isaiah especially. I find that coming to God in prayer helps form the right posture in my mind. I am coming before the King. I need Him. I want to draw close to Him.
Maybe take one element of God’s holiness this week. Write it down somewhere and spend time daily focusing your thoughts on Him. Here are some suggestions that help me understand how God is holy and set apart:
- God’s Omnipresence: God is everywhere all the time
- God’s Omniscience: God is all-knowing
- God’s Omnipotence: God is all-powerful