Spiritual Revival (5)
Amos 4:11-12 states: “I overthrew some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me, says the Lord. Therefore, thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”
Some of the problems we are going through in life might be because God has overthrown us, as individuals and as a nation. We were once zealous, like fire, for the Lord, but then we began to focus on less important things. God overthrew us from our previous positions yet we refused to return to Him. Please, read this Bible passage: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.” (Jeremiah 18:5-10)
The Lord is able to bring us down from our lofty heights. And once He makes up His mind concerning something, then it must come to pass. The only way He will change His mind concerning our situation is when we make a positive change in our lives.
Because each one of us has an appointment with God that we cannot avoid, we need to be prepared to meet Him. How does one prepare? It means rehearse ahead of time or train for a specific task or mission. It means set a foundation for that which you want to achieve. You need to examine your life and determine what kind of foundation you have now and the changes you need to make to that foundation to ensure that your life gets better tomorrow. For example, if your foundation is full of lies and deceit, you must destroy that faulty foundation and make one of holiness immediately. To prepare also means equip, furnish or make suitable; to be prepared to meet God means that you must be all right to appear before Him. To prepare also means to be armed with necessary weapons of spiritual warfare, such as prayer, vigils and fasting.
Preparation is a very serious matter. God Himself is a God of preparation and so we must be prepared to meet Him.
• Ogunorunyinka is General Overseer, The Promised Land Restoration Ministries, Surulere, Lagos. email@example.com