(2 Chronicles 23-25, John 16: 16-33)

9 And proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring in for the Lord the tax that Moses the servant of God laid on Israel in the wilderness. 10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished. (2 Chronicles 24: 9, 10)

It’s not often that we think about revival and how it relates to our finances, but every aspect of our lives is touched and bends as we turn our hearts back to God, including our wallets! The Old Testament is chalk full of stories of Israel’s wanderings, her falling away and her tales of restoration. And if we are honest with ourselves, our own lives parallel this cycle of returning and then returning again.

We are fickle. We burn hot, and then we run cold. We run with all our hearts, and then we lie limp. We are always coming back to our first love…if we are in the faith. Returning to our first love is revival, whether we are speaking about our own lives or the conscience of a nation.

When Israel ran hot after God, they rejoiced in pouring out their finances toward the things of God. They longed to be part of corporate worship in every way, including rebuilding the practical aspects of the Temple that had been lost. Want to know whether you are red-hot for God? Check your giving. Sometimes our bank statement is a better indicator of our heart than how loudly we sing.