Psa 119:135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.
When we should be calling on or seeking God Himself, we end of looking for some outward manifestation instead. When I think of revival I think of being set where He wants me (Cor 12:18). Knowing Christ is the first call of a Christian seeking to be revived.
It is inviting Jesus into our everyday life that will bring the closeness we want with the creator.
Therefore, to be calling on him we need to be as the scripture says,
“retaining him in our thinking.” With every project, relationship and breathe we include Him.
I remember when I first felt the drawing of the Lord Jesus. I began to look at the men in the Bible who like me were not perfect, but to whom God spoke to and made Himself known. I was lead to believe at that time that God doesn’t present Himself in such personal ways to human being anymore.
However, I believe now that as He makes His holy self know to us at conversion, He will continue that same closeness throughout our relationship with Him. It has never been His way to be a far away God.
Is God holy and set apart by his very nature? Yes, but far away, no. He has always desired closeness with us from the beginning. Even with Cain and his ill heart he came and tried to help him (Gen 4:6-7). Even in Genesis chapter 17 look at what God does to draw close to mankind, and look at Abrams part…..
Gen 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Gen 17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Gen 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
Gen 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Gen 17:5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Gen 17:6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
Gen 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Gen 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
Gen 17:9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
Throughout scripture old and new (which are one) Testament He has remained the same in His heart toward man. He wants to be with us. When God took on flesh, and unveiled Himself, He came to us. In Philippians chapter 2 He went even farther….
Philippians 2:5-8Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not[b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,
7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
And at the end of days it is God who is still coming down to be with us…..
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Take heart dear Christian as we call out to be revived. God desires to be with us. He always has.