Rend the Heavens

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

Isaiah 64:1-3

The question I asked us on Sunday is one that I want to ask us again this morning: “Would we rather have a little bit of the LORD’s presence and keep our plans OR would we rather be engulfed with the LORD’s presence even at the expense of our personal dreams, plans, and comforts?”

Church family, we all know the right answer is to love and value Christ more than anything and everything. And we all know the call to follow Christ is the call to die to self. However, we also know it is not as easy as mental agreement. We have affections and emotions. We are afraid of what feels like the uncertainty of surrendering all to Jesus. Our dreams and ambitions seem so concrete and comfortable. Surrender feels like a loss of control. And that is the battle that has raged in every human heart since the Garden of Eden. The serpent tempted Adam and Eve by telling them they could “be like God” if they moved away from trusting Him and toward taking matters into their own hands, mouths, and bellies. (cf. Genesis 3:4). God is the only One in control. For us, control is a mirage. It is not reality, no matter how we shape our lives or how badly we want it. We are creatures and only the Creator has full control. He is the only One that is good (cf. Mark 10:18). So He is the only One that should be trusted. 

Danger and loss is not realized in surrendering to Christ but rather in not surrendering. That is, it is not a loss to be a stay home mother, while not using your professional degree to earn a professional salary. The loss would be in missing out on countless opportunities to love your children and nurture their faith in Christ. Sure, financial gain has some benefit. But “godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:8-11).  

So then, what is it (if anything) that you are struggling to surrender to Christ? What are the weights and sin which clings so closely that you need to lay aside so you can run with endurance (cf. Hebrews 12:1-2)? What may be clogging your heart from experiencing genuine revival?

  • Is it that you are hoping in retirement lifestyle and thinking, “I’ve served and now it’s time for others to step up”?
  • Is it that you are so busy with many good things that you lack time for the one thing that is necessary, namely sitting with and enjoying Jesus (cf. Luke 10:42)? 
  • Is it that you sleep in too late and the Lord is calling you to rise early to redeem the morning before rushing off into the world?
  • Is it that God is calling you to a new place of service but you are so comfortable in this current place that you are dragging your feet in obeying Him?
  • Is it that God is calling you to be quiet and trust him to work? This is one especially difficult for me, as one called and gifted to be a messenger. But the LORD has revealed that I need to pray, be silent, and trust Him more. 

Isaiah was so desperate for God’s presence that He prayed the LORD would “rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence….” He was willing for God to shake loose all that was firm and established in His heart and life. He was willing because He was desperate. 

So then, brothers and sisters, how desperate are we? Would we rather have a little bit of the LORD’s presence and keep our plans OR would we rather be engulfed with the LORD’s presence even at the expense of our personal dreams, plans, and comforts?

I am praying the LORD would do awesome things that we are not looking for. Church, I am desperate for Christ. 


Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! 
Thou art the potter, I am the clay. 
Mold me and make me after thy will, 
while I am waiting, yielded and still. 

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! 
Search me and try me, Savior today! 
Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now, 
as in thy presence humbly I bow. 

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! 
Wounded and weary, help me I pray! 
Power, all power, surely is thine! 
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine! 

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