February 17, 2021

Great Searchings of Heart

Morning revival verses

Day 3

Judges 4:6–9 And she sent word and called to Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, Jehovah the God of Israel has indeed commanded: Go and deploy your forces on Mount Tabor; and take with you ten thousand men from the children of Naphtali and from the children of Zebulun. 7 And I will draw out Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his throng, toward you at the river Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand. 8 And Barak said to her, If you will go with me, I will go; but if you do not go with me, I will not go. 9 And she said, I will surely go with you. However there will be no glory for you on the journey you are taking, for Jehovah will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah rose up and went with Barak to Kedesh.

Today’s Reading

If we love the Lord and desire to live for Him and please Him, we will choose to [preach the gospel]. This is the type of life that the Lord wants us to live, and this is also the way to please Him. We must be determined….[This] is difficult….[However,] such difficulty is worthwhile. May we be those who look to the Lord for His grace to have such a determination.

Judges 5:15-16 says, “Among the divisions (watercourses, streams) of Reuben / There were great resolutions in heart. 16 Why did you sit among the sheepfolds / Listening to the pipings for the flocks? / In the divisions of Reuben / There were great searchings of heart.” As Jacob’s firstborn, Reuben should have been preeminent in dignity and power. However, he committed a gross sin when he defiled his father’s concubine (Gen. 49:3-4). His descendants were children of a sinner, but there were watercourses among them. According to Psalm 23:2 and Jeremiah 17:7-8, watercourses signify God and His grace. This means that God’s grace came upon the descendants of Reuben. Some of his descendants were sitting beside the watercourses, beside God, and by the grace of God, they had great resolutions of heart and great searchings of heart for the kingdom of God. Some of Reuben’s descendants, however, enjoyed sitting among the sheepfolds to hear the pipings for the flocks. This means that they rested and did not move, because they desired a life of ease, comfort, and amusement. Likewise, many saints are not willing to receive the grace of God in order to have great resolutions of heart and great searchings of heart, because they desire a life of ease and comfort.

Human life is wicked and corrupt, but we have watercourses of God’s grace by which we can have great resolutions of heart and great searchings of heart. Many saints do not make resolutions, because they yearn for a life of ease and comfort. To settle down is to live a life of ease, comfort, and pleasure, but to migrate is laborious and difficult. However, settling down will not enable us to enjoy God’s grace. Migration is the way for us to enjoy the grace of God. Do we want to ignore God’s grace by settling down to enjoy ease and comfort? Or do we want to be supplied by His grace to go out and enjoy more grace? Do we want to sit restfully among the sheepfolds and listen to pleasant music? Or do we want to be at the watercourses of God’s grace to have great resolutions of heart and great searchings of heart for the Lord? May we be willing to flee the enjoyment of our own ease and comfort in order to draw near to the grace of God. [Serving According to Revelation, chapter 8]