BY: Cindy Jackson
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BIBLE TEXT: “Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept bitterly.” –Ezra 10:1
PERSONAL REFLECTION: This passage is a beautiful example of a man who is broken over the sins of his people, broken enough to weep and fall to the ground before the Lord. The leaders of Israel have come to Ezra to tell him that many of the people, along with the priests and Levites, have broken Israel’s covenant with God by taking wives from the heathen people in the land. Ezra becomes the stone that, when tossed in the pond, causes the ripple effect as his brokenness and confession of sin spread to those around him. One man’s acknowledgment of sin begins a revival in the hearts and lives of an entire nation.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: It had been a difficult week with many tragedies, evil and sad events in the news, events that affected the local Christian community. The national and international news was not any better. During my quiet time this particular week, I pondered the need for revival among God’s people. I recalled the revivals of my childhood, the revival that began when the Holy Spirit moved His people to confess sin, revival that packed the church for days as God changed lives, revival that spread to non-believers leading to salvation, revival in a way that I had not witnessed for many years. As these memories and desire for a Holy Spirit move flooded my mind, I questioned God. “Lord, why don’t you do something? Our country, our community, our Church, Your people need a revival!”
He kindly and gently responded, “Dear daughter, you’re the one who needs to do something. When was the last time you were broken over the sins of this world? When was the last time you wept over your own sins? Look in your own heart and let it start there. You be the stone that creates the ripple effect. It always starts with one. You be the one.”
PRAYER: Father, examine my heart and show me my sin. “Cleanse me from my secret faults.” Soften my heart and allow me to feel brokenness over the sins of this world, over my own sins against You. Let revival begin with me. Let me be the one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy has been married to Tim Jackson for 27 years and has three children: Audrey (23), Tyler (19), and Drew (17). Cindy has been a home school mom for 19 years and has been teaching other home school students for seventeen years. Studying the Word, reading, writing, and healthy cooking are her favorite pastimes.