Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How to be revival-ready


"At such a day as this, God especially calls his people to the exercise of extraordinary meekness and mutual forbearance. Christ appears as it were coming in his kingdom, which calls for great moderation in our behavior towards all men: 'Let your moderation be known unto all men; the Lord is at hand' (Phil. 4:5). The awe of the Divine Majesty that appears present or approaching should dispose us to it and deter us from the contrary.

For us to be judging one another and behaving with fierceness and bitterness one towards another, when he who is the Searcher of all hearts, to whom we must all give an account, appears so remarkably present, is exceeding unsuitable. Our business at such a time should be at home, searching and condemning ourselves and taking heed to our own behavior.

If there be glorious prosperity to the church of God approaching, those that are the most meek will have the largest share in it."

Jonathan Edwards, "Thoughts on the Revival," in Works, I:421.

". . . when God arose to establish judgment,
to save all the humble of the earth." Psalm 76:9