When God intervenes to save a people, to restore a culture, He does it in accordance with His good pleasure and by means of His sovereign power. We don’t need to provide anything other than our own helplessness. We cannot make Him do it, and we cannot prevent Him from doing it. The Spirit, like the wind, moves where He wills and as He pleases.
But when He moves, He moves in transformative ways. When God rises up to scatter His enemies, He will in fact scatter all the obvious ones. He will certainly throw down the instances of high rebellion that have gotten our attention, and which have distressed us so much. The abortion culture, the androgynous sexualization of everything, the worship of money, and so on. Nebuchadnezzar’s great statue is going to tumble down when the rock strikes it on the feet.
However, other things will happen as well, and will happen on a small scale—in our own hearts, in our marriages, in our families, in our close relationships. One of the things that will happen is that old dogs will learn new tricks. The human mind has fantastic powers, and those powers are on full display whenever a human being well set in his ways—over forty, let’s say—is confronted with the necessity of changing something. Unfortunately, those powers are usually utilized in rationalizing and blame-shifting, and not in figuring out how best to expedite the needed change.
But if the Spirit is coming, that means change is coming. On the one hand it will be gloriously liberating, and on the other hand, it will be not nearly as much fun as we had hoped.
All this is another way of saying that we cannot pray Lord, change us without it coming down at some point to Lord, change me.