The Fire of God
“Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way,
and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
“And he said, I beseech thee,
shew me thy glory.”
No depth of human depravity, no sickness, no hopeless condition to which the human race can descend, is beyond rectification by His Glory. The Glory of God is the hope of the human race. Seeing Him is the cry of His Own. Moses had already witnessed some of the most powerful demonstrations of the power of God. He had been involved in the judgments upon Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and the constant care of God in sustaining over a million people in a barren wilderness for forty years. Yet his prayer was:
“…I beseech thee,
shew me thy glory”
It is possible to see His power and the manifestation of His movings in the earth and yet be ignorant of His Glory. The true glory of God is His character, His heart, His love, and the unspeakable Holiness of His Presence. The true in heart seek Him for Himself. They do not seek things or giftings for the sake of their own cause, benefit or advancement. They seek Him alone.
In my own limited experience, I have seen someone healed who had but months to live, but still fall into wickedness. Of the ten lepers who were healed, only one returned to give thanks unto Him who alone is worthy. I have seen those who were mightily used of God in miraculous ways fall into the horror of greed and the pride of the riches of this world. We also see many content with unremarkable living; Christians who are satisfied with having little or no impact upon the world around them. They placate themselves with a declaration of being His but remain unchanged by the piercing gaze of His Holiness and the power of His Glory. It is impossible to gaze upon Him without being drawn into the relentless pursuit of His person.
“shew me thy glory”
This is the eternal cry of every heart afforded glimpses of Him! His Glory is infinite; it stretches beyond the horizons of thought, imagination or doctrines. Its call to redeemed heart spans time and eternity itself. The pressings of Paul the Apostle, the response of John upon seeing Jesus as He is, the spontaneous worship and bowing down of all heavenly hosts at the Name of Jesus, should birth the same cry from the core of our being. Oh Father, show me YOUR Glory; may this be our pure prayer!
“Oh that I might have my request;
and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!”
“My Lord, I have nothing to do in this World, but to seek and serve thee; I have nothing to do with a Heart and its affections, but to breathe after thee. I have nothing to do with my Tongue and Pen, but to speak to thee, and for thee, and to publish thy Glory and thy Will”
– Richard Baxter
“The soul’s safety is in its heat. Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, make for a Church without power. Destitute of the Fire of God, nothing else counts; possessing Fire, nothing else matters.”
– Samuel Chadwick
Samuel Chadwick was the Principle at Cliff College when Leonard Ravenhill was attending.
“The man whose little sermon is ‘repent’ sets himself against his age, and will for the time being be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man—‘off with his head!’ You had better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven”
– Joseph Parker
“…and he (Moses) looked, and, behold,
the bush burned with fire,
and the bush was not consumed”
God’s purpose for man is revealed in this verse. The call of God is to bring men and women to this one end: lives that burn with His fire through fragile earthen vessels. In a fully yielded life of surrender we become His light to the world.
The secret of this life is in the wick drawing upon the oil of His Spirit allowing His pure desire and heart to be the flame. The only way the wick will not burn up is by keeping the flow of oil constant through the power of an abiding relationship. Where there is no flow the wick will burn out and become useless, no longer able to shine with the wonder of the flame of God.
The oil without the flame is of little value. So too are the gifts and ministrations of the Holy Spirit apart from the purifying and glorifying flame of God within the vessel. The magnificence of this life cannot be known without these three components: The Flame of God, the Oil of the Holy Spirit and the Fragile Earthen Wick.
“And the bush was not consumed”
“It is of the Lord’s mercies
that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not”