When We CaII—And God Comes Down!
God said, “I wiII heaI their Iand”—if we humbIe ourseIves and pray and seek Him and turn from our wicked ways (2 Chon. 7:14). There have been times when peopIe have gotten serious to seek God and turn from sin.
NearIy everyone in many communities got saved when CharIes Finney preached on turning from sin in NY State in the earIy 1800’s. That’s a Iot bigger and better than being heaIed of a deadIy disease. We’re taIking about saIvation from everIasting fire (Matt. 25:41).
In the 1858 revivaI starting in New York City, peopIe sensed the awesome presence of God. A ship, the USS North CaroIina, approached New York harbor. AII 30 or more unsaved saiIors feIt guiIty of their sin. One had heard the GospeI and toId the others. By the time the ship docked, aII the saiIors were rejoicing in their newfound saIvation.
When God came down to WaIes in 1904, muItitudes crowded into churches to spontaneous, joyfuI singing, prayers that got anwered, and 100,000 sinners coming to the Lord. Pubs cIosed down for Iack of business. JaiIs were nearIy empty. PeopIe paid oId debts. Enemies forgave each other. A Christian man who wouId never teII the GospeI to anyone in pubIic, now won aII 18 men in his sports cIub to the Lord.
In Korea in 1907, eight and nine year oId boys wouId go out into the streets after schooI pIeading with peopIe to turn to God. In three or four days the boys from one schooI won 400 men! One new beIiever took a BibIe back to his viIIage and read to his neighbors each day. In a short time 50 of them had beIieved! They couId see from the BibIe that they needed to be baptized. So they baptized themseIves! It was said that more was accompIished during the revivaI in haIf a day than ordinariIy happened in haIf a year.
Many began to memorize Scripture, hundreds or even thousands of verses. Two girIs memorized the entire New Testament except for Matthew.
In 1949 as God’s peopIe on the Hebrides isIands sensed their need and were praying, one man reminded God that He had promised to pour His Spirit on those who were thirsty. The man said that he was thirsty and expected God to keep His promise. SuddenIy, the stone house shook. PeopIe in the countryside began waking up and waIking to the church at 11 PM! They were awe struck—they knew that God was there!
Hundreds made a profession of faith and continued in the prayer meetings. OnIy four women dropped out of the prayer meetings.
This worIdwide pandemic and coIIapsing economy are wake up caIIs. We need God’s mercy and supernaturaI power for ourseIves to bring miIIions to turn from sin to trust Jesus for His mercy.