Approximately fourteen months ago, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in The Bahamas, and most in-person businesses were closed. After enduring the grueling effects of this pandemic, we can still say that God has indeed been faithful. Today, these 700 rocks, cays, and islands making up The Bahamas celebrate 48 years of Independence under the theme "Revive Us Again."

As we pause to reflect, we ought to thank Almighty God for His guidance and deliverance throughout this challenging period of Covid-19 and the last 48 years.

The word "Independence" denotes resourcefulness, or the ability to find ways to overcome challenges and to satisfy one's needs with what is available. Resourcefulness means taking responsibility for one's actions and being aware of the consequences. In so doing, the independent individual must be brave, willing to take risks and pray for the best.

Being able to control your destiny is power but also a weakness. After all, which person on this earth can do that?

In Psalms, the 85th chapter, the sons of Korah recounted God's blessings, goodness, and forgiveness towards His people in past times. It petitioned Him to show His faithful love by reviving them once again. God's promise to them was to provide peace to those faithful and show the abundance of His glory throughout their land.

The same can be true for our Bahamaland today if we determine to be faithful to God.

The Bahamas needs to be revived again, but by God. The dictionary defines revival as renewal or the restoration of joy. I believe that personal revival comes from genuine repentance of sin, a giving up of self-reliance, and a refusal to remain indifferent. Revival comes when the Holy Spirit is alive and well and at work among us. Revival is not primarily a corporate activity. It is personal, or it is not at all!

Revival can come at any moment. At the appropriate time, God will open the "rivers of living waters," ... which is the promise of Jesus mentioned in John 7:37-39.

A revival is a supernatural outpouring of The Holy Spirit through which God calls his children back to Him. God is willing to "revive us again" ... for His grace is sufficient for our sins as a nation. God's love for us is eternal. We are reminded by the apostle Paul in Romans 8:38-39 of God's love when he said, "I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death, nor life, neither angels, nor demons, neither our fears for today, nor our worries about tomorrow, not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power above or below, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord".

I invite you to join me in praying for a revival, both individually and nationally, so that the Almighty can truly "Revive Us Again!"

May God hear and answer our prayers.

--This article was written by Pastor Kenny Deveaux, President of The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 

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This article was extracted from the Logos for June 10, 2021.