2015-07-30 - Lenox Massachusetts in 1799
Originally Published 2004-03-02
2 Chronicles 7:13, 14, "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
In 1799, there was a revival that swept through the Northeast. Many came
to Christ through the standard means of the faithful preaching of God's Word
and prayer. We have not had a national revival in the United States since
1858, when the Prayer Meeting Revival began in New York City. I came upon
a list of seven characteristics in a general accounting of what occurred
during this revival in Lenox, Massachusetts. Most interesting to me was what
did not occur during this revival. It was not driven by emotional outbursts,
but rather was a solid contemplation of the individual's position before
God and state of the soul. I intend to summarize the seven points below without
The author gives the end result of the effects of the revival in Lenox. He says the result was: happy families, happy neighborhoods, happy societies, happy towns, happy states, happy kingdoms, and a happy world.
If you are one who longs for revival this list is an example of what one looked like. I found numbers four and seven the most interesting, because both of these are not typically what we look for when there is an outburst of God's grace and mercy. I'm not intending to say that God has to work this way. In fact, I gave this list because of how surprised I was by it. If we seek revival, it may be the case that the Lord brings it in ways that we are not expecting.
Soli Deo Gloria,