READING: 2 Chronicles 30-32, Acts 8:14-40
I’ve read stories of revival meetings that so experienced the power of God that the leaders extended the meeting beyond the original schedule. I’ve also read of revivals on college campuses that so moved the community that classes were cancelled and chapel services continued for days. When God moves in such a mighty way, the best thing we can do is get out of the way and just worship Him.
I must confess, though, that I’ve never experienced such an event. I’ve had great times with God—times that both broke me and inspired me. Several have been the times when God’s power seemed to fall on a worship service I was attending. Never, though, have I seen an extended move of God like I read about in history.
Today’s reading brings to mind my desire to see God work so mightily. The people of Hezekiah’s day had been serving and worshiping the Lord in Jerusalem during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The people observed the Festival “with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day after day with loud instruments” (2 Chron 30:21). So powerful was the observance, in fact, that the people “decided to observe seven more days, so they observed seven days with joy” (2 Chron 30:23). They had known nothing like this since the days of Solomon, and joy marked the days.
I long today to see God work in such a way that we choose to extend our worship and our celebration. May it be so.
PRAYER: “God, do what You must in us to get us ready if You choose to work more miraculously among us.”
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Chronicles 33-34, Acts 9:1-25