Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Based Upon Psalm 50:3-7
“Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him. He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people. “Bring my faithful people to me— those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.” Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude” (Psalm 50:3–6, NLT).
What an awesome display of God’s holiness! Under the divine unction of the Spirit, the Old Testament writer gave us a sneak peek into the judgment, which accompanies the appearing of our soon coming King. After millennia of doubting dissenters have foolhardily attempted to splice and dice the Word of God, at the appointed time, His voice will be clearly heard by all. And, being a God whose holiness stands in such stark contrast to even the miasma of our earthly atmosphere, His effulgent light will ignite the air around and before Him! He will not keep silent, and fire with cataclysm will signify His approach for judgment.
We have seen similar displays of God’s power before. When Moses was soon to embark upon the grandest time of his ministry, to lead the Children of Israel out of Egyptian captivity, the One who called and equipped him for service, called to Him from a burning bush. This bush was ablaze with God’s glory, yet neither it, nor Moses were consumed (Exodus 3). Following the Exodus from Egypt, Moses was welcomed into the Mount with God to experience His beauty, and receive the Ten Commandments with the sanctuary blueprint. Even with all the thunderings, lightnings, proclamations of God’s character from the heavens, Moses was completely safe and covered in God’s righteousness, so much so, that his face reflected the extreme brightness of God and needed to be veiled when he came back among the people (Exodus 33-34).
Two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, also experienced the fire of the Lord. Contrary to their calling, they offered strange fire before the Lord’s presence, and the fires of condemnation burst forth from the Lord and destroyed them (Leviticus 10).
If God is a Consuming Fire, and He is, His igniting essence can either be the cause of our destruction or the source of our Light. What makes the difference?
I could cite many more instances of the fire of God in action on the earth, but here’s the point: If God is a Consuming Fire, and He is, His igniting essence can either be the cause of our destruction or the source of our Light. What makes the difference? In the presence of God’s fire, those who have cultivated a love for Him by faith are purified, refined, warmed, and illuminated. Conversely, those who have cultivated rebellion in their hearts will be utterly destroyed by His presence. When He appears at His Second Coming, all earthly elements will melt with fervent heat, to be sure, but all those who have learned to relish in His presence, will be guided by His divine light through the portals of Orion to the heavenly city of God.