My favorite part of camping is probably the fire. It provides light, energy, and the ability to roast marshmallows. It keeps me warm. Fire has an energy that is evident in heat, light, movement. And that is how Isaiah called God to come in Isaiah 64:
“Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down,
That the mountains might quake at Your presence—
2 As fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil—
To make Your name known to Your adversaries,
That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When You did awesome things which we did not expect,
You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence.”
This is not a calm, predictable activity. This is energy, burning, moving. It can be painful or life-giving, depending on our reaction to it. God came as Jesus, very unexpected. Despite His casual appearance, He stirred the status quo to the point that history changed. And this was not what people were watching for…they missed it! He will come again, and this time He will come as King! This will be the undisguised, decisive victory.
“For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.”
God is different…He listens to those who seek Him. That is totally different from what I would expect “GOD” to do…He’s the one who invented every new discovery that scientists will ever crack, and He put the information into the DNA of the universe. And He listens to us, desires a relationship with us. That blows my mind!
And we have sinned…and we’ve been doing it for a long time. No one “rouses himself to take hold of You”…and You’ve let us feel the weight of our disobedience.
But Now. You are the Potter. We are just clay. We can’t fix ourselves, mold ourselves, and any backseat driving will only spin us off-course. We tried, we failed, and now we need to come back. Our city burned by fire. And we feel the ashes of faith flying down around us. Please relight our passion!
God, I try to drive for You too often. I am tired, God, and unable to control my own life. Please teach me to wait on You. And You promise to act. Thank You. Thank You for Your patience. Please help me to learn. Amen.