Question: Do we really believe that all scripture is God breathed and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness that the man of God might be equipped for every good work?
“And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel. Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, n the first day of the seventh month. He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.” – Nehemiah 8:1-4 NASB
“Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the sons of Israel assembled with fasting, in sackcloth and with dirt upon them. The descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and iniquities of their fathers. While they stood in their place, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.” Nehemiah 9:1-3 NASB
I think the nation of Israel saw the word of God as useful. They spent a quarter of their day reading the Pentateuch. Then spent another quarter in repentance. I think I am seeing something here with the reading of the law, it lead the nation to repentance. You can continue to read chapter 9 of Nehemiah and you see the people cry out to the Lord and recall the things that he had done for them. They recalled their past sins, but didn’t dwell on them, the shifted their focus to the grace and compassion of their God. They proclaimed God’s providence that sustained them as they were brought up out of Egypt.
The church is always crying out for revival. We shall never find revival if we do not find ourselves in a state of repentance. We shall never find ourselves in a state of repentance if we do not turn to the word of God. We wonder sometimes why the church is where it is right now. But why is it people decide to go to church where they do because of the kind of music that is played? Why is all the flash and bang centered around a Les Paul or a Korg? Why do people take up arms and chain themselves to the grand piano ready to throw the Hymnal at anyone who isn’t ready to open it themselves? Why is it that cute stories seem to have more application than the words of instruction found in the pages of scripture?
I think our focus is misplaced. I think we have looked to the right and to the left. We are not strong and courageous and we are not meditating upon the word of God. We are weak and scared, we feast upon the words of the world. We find ourselves trembling and and being dismayed forgetting that the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. We spent a quarter of our day before the television and the computer screen. Then spending another quarter finding ourselves more anxious to talk over the ball game or the latest gossip on Facebook.
Oh! men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for a revival – men whose faith is large enough, and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations. ~ C.H. Spurgeon
Shall we live like the words of God are useful for our teaching, correction, reproof, and training in righteousness that we might be equipped for ever good work? Will we go to our knees and pray for the body of Christ his church? If God leads us into revival will we be willing vessels?