I don’t think I’m on an island when I say that it seems as if our country is coming apart at the seems. I’m sure most of us would have thought these protests/riots that started back in May would have been long over by now but clearly that is not the case. The political divide in our country is no doubt deeper than it ever has been before. While most presidential elections elicit a passive attitude for most Americans, except the most passionate of each side’s base, this election is very different. Many are predicting we may not have a clear winner until weeks after the election, partly because it will be very hard for the either of the candidates, or their bases, to actually concede defeat. And on the moral side, a new law in California was just passed that prevents the need for certain child sex offenders to need to be listed as a sex offender, if the victim and judge agree. And the historically family-oriented, clean “Hallmark” channel just featured it’s first lesbian wedding. What is this country coming to? What can fundamentally change the course of our nation?
Our reading today in Nehemiah reminds us of the genuine need of our country: revival. We read in the first verse of chapter 8, “and all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses.” God’s chosen people had turned their hearts away from God and as a result, had been torn apart as a nation and brought into captivity. But God so did a work in their hearts that they gathered together and asked that God’s law be read to them. And what was the result? In verse 6 we read, “And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” We read over in chapter 9 and verse 3, “And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the Lord their God.”
This story highlights our deepest need as a nation. The answer is not in President Trump, who I thank God has done a lot to stem the tide of the radical left. The answer is not in a GOP-controlled House and Senate. It’s not in educational or police reform. Our only answer at this point is a genuine revival. A sweeping of the nation of genuine converts. A calling back to the Lord of carnal Christians. Are you praying for this? If not, may I encourage you to ask God to meet our nation’s deepest need and send a revival.