Habakkuk 3:2 (ESV)
All my Christian life I have read and heard of what God did “back then.” The Spirit of God changed thousands of lives, ushered multitudes into the kingdom, and did miracles beyond human comprehension. At times, on a smaller scale, I have witnessed some of these things. Now I find myself praying over and over, “Lord, do it again!”
The darkness of this sinful world feels often like it will crush my spirit. The coldness of sin-hardened hearts threatens to chill my soul and steal the passion I have had for Jesus. I understand the emotion behind Habakkuk’s words here. Though he was going to see God’s judgment on His people, he still longed for God to work in power and display His glory again.
And so Habakkuk prayed fervently, “O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear.” Yes, God’s power and work had been made known to the prophet. He had heard all about it. Now he wanted to see it firsthand. The things that he had heard of God caused him to have a holy fear of God. Now he wanted to see and experience more. More of God, and less of himself.
He continued his prayer, “In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known.” O Lord, revive Your work! Show the world Your power and might once again! Judgment may be coming, but mercy must be displayed for sinners if they are to humble themselves before You. Crush the pride of man. Obliterate the idols we have made with our own hands and imaginations. Show Yourself to be strong once again. Revive Your work, O Lord!
Habakkuk realized that for God to do these things would mean terrible destruction in judgment and discipline. And so he finishes his prayer to God with the words, “in wrath remember mercy.” God’s wrath must be poured out on sin, but His mercy is greater. We see this at the Cross of Christ. God’s wrath against sin was poured out abundantly on His Own Son, yet mercy triumphed and purchased redemption for all who come to Him by faith. God has remembered mercy in the midst of wrath.
He can, and will, do it again! I believe with all my heart that a great day of revival is coming before that terrible day of the Lord’s wrath. He will usher millions into the kingdom so that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (2:14). O that I might live to see it! O that God would use you and me to bring it about! Lord, do it again!