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…”
Neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
II Chronicles 20:12
Jehoshaphat is faced by a powerful combination of Moabitees, Ammonites, and others. In his desperation he turns to God: “O God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us.”
Are we not often in this plight? Do these lines fall under the eye of someone sore beset by an alliance of evil confederates, whether in the flesh or of the unseen world of principalities and powers? You do not know what to do. We never do. We have no might against the Moabites.
But we can take Jehoshaphat’s way out: “Our eyes are upon thee.” We may not know what to do, but God always knows what He is going to do. He is never caught off guard or taken by surprise. Commit your case to Him. You can lie down at night and sleep, although tomorrow the Moabites will arrive. Many a saint has pillowed his head on a promise when all hope seemed gone. And when the dreaded day arrived God had handled the Moabites in His own way.
“Our eyes are upon thee.” “Looking unto Jesus.” We know not what to do, but He knows. No sleeping pill can rest a man like knowing that!