In one of Jonathan Edwards’ defenses of revival he actually prayed that the Lord would “interrupt” services all over New England. He felt that formalism and deadness of heart had stolen the joy and spontaneity of their Christian faith. Maybe we need to pray that prayer again today in 2016, “Lord, interrupt our services one more time”. Church can be so predictable and just plain routine. I can’t think of anything worse than a cold, dead church service. We need tongues of fire and a rushing mighty wind to shake things up again; that is unless your are satisfied with the status quo. Every generation or so the Lord sends His holy interruptions into our world. I think of the Welch Revival and the Pentecostal outpouring at Azusa Street and even the Great Awakening that birthed our great nation. There has recently been a lot of talk about making America great again. The only one thing that can accomplish this may be the last place people will look, I think the greatness came from that holy interruption called the Great Awakening. Here are some thoughts from Oswald Chambers on holy interruptions.
“As servants of God, we must learn to make room for Him—to give God “elbow room”. We plan and figure and predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses. Would we be surprised if God came into our meeting or into our preaching in a way we had never expected Him to come? Do not look for God to come in a particular way, but do look for Him. The way to make room for Him is to expect Him to come, but not in a certain way. No matter how well we may know God, the great lesson to learn is that He may break in at any minute. We tend to overlook this element of surprise, yet God never works in any other way. Suddenly, God meets our life—“when it pleased God.”
Maybe this Sunday will be one of those “holy interruptions”. I sure hope so. Our church was interrupted on a Sunday morning in August of 1994. For some, it was the greatest day of all time. For others, not so much. I guess the real reason not everyone like God’s interruptions may be that it always requires a change. Some prefer predictable and safe because change is out of the question.
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