I woke up one night feeling uncomfortable because I was cold. There was a blanket at the foot of the bed but I was too sleepy to pull it up. I went around next day with a crick in my neck because I had been too lazy to pull up a blanket. The means of grace are available for all our needs but some of us never stir up ourselves to take hold of God. The remedy is there but it must be applied.
True revival is a filling process: “Every valley shall be exalted . .” (Isaiah 40:4). We must fill up the empty places in our lives, not with the cheap trash of this age, but with prayer, worship, witness, and the Word. It is a leveling process: “ . . . every mountain . . . shall be made low…” (v.4). Pride must come down and we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. It is a straightening process: “…the crooked shall be made straight…” (v. 4). Things must be made right, as when Zacchaeus cleaned up his financial affairs. It is a smoothing process: “… the rough places [shall be made] plain” (v. 4). Our rough dispositions, our tempers and tongues, must be made gentler so that we are not so hard to live with. What is the consequence of all this? “… the glory of the Lord shall be revealed…”