“His fruit was sweet to my taste.” —Song of Solomon 2:3
It seems like everywhere I turn today someone is talking about a coming Great Awakening. It just seems like the time is right. Why would I say that? There are several reasons. First, the Bible talks about Christ coming for the first time in the fullness of times. There had never been a better moment for Christ to be preached to the world than in that first century during the Roman Empire. Much of the world spoke greek as their language and transportation was much improved under the Roman rule. In the same way, we are living in another fullness of times. It is easier to preach Christ to the world today than any other time. The world is prepared for a Great Awakening. Secondly, the conditions of our culture are ripe. There has been an obvious slide into a godless culture over the last generation, the contrast of light and darkness has never been greater. Its time for a move of God. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on the ingredients of an awakening of faith.
“We hear the voice of God, not with the outward ear alone, but with the inward ear; we hear it as God’s Word, and we believe it to be so; that is the “hearing” of faith. Then our mind looketh upon the truth as it is presented to us; that is to say, we understand it, we perceive its meaning; that is the “seeing” of faith. Next we discover its preciousness; we begin to admire it, and find how fragrant it is; that is faith in its “smell.” Then we appropriate the mercies which are prepared for us in Christ; that is faith in its “touch.” Hence follow the enjoyments, peace, delight, communion; which are faith in its “taste.” Any one of these acts of faith is saving. To hear Christ’s voice as the sure voice of God in the soul will save us; but that which gives true enjoyment is the aspect of faith wherein Christ, by holy taste, is received into us, and made, by inward and spiritual apprehension of His sweetness and preciousness, to be the food of our souls. It is then we sit “under His shadow with great delight,” and find His fruit sweet to our taste.”
So are you ready? I hope so. The Lord is actively recruiting awakened laborers to work in His fields of harvest. Don’t be surprised if your life and its plans are suddenly interrupted by a new season of Awakening.