Today for some reason I felt so tired when I woke up. Normally the body should feel refreshed after sleeping, however, I felt over-fatigued this morning. I wanted to go back to sleep but I just can’t.
Then the urge of reading and meditating His word just sets in. The kind that can’t wait.
When I checked my daily verse from the You Version Bible it says,
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)
Honestly, I got a bit frightened for the discipline that I need to endure that will result a harvest of righteousness and peace. I felt like whatever painful thing that I need to face I am not ready for it yet but who am I to question and doubt God’s plan? I know that He knows better and He will not let us face things that we cannot overcome.
Most of the time if I do not quite understand the verse I would read the whole chapter to see the context of it for a more pristine look on what He wants to say.
I started reading the whole chapter 12 of Hebrew, and right there and then the beginning of the passage just struck me, it says, throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (v.1) for without holiness no one will see the Lord and it ended saying that,
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29)
I thought about this “God is a consuming fire” phrase, I know that I have sung this on Hillsong’s song entitled, “Consuming Fire” but I have never really understood what it meant. I looked up for more explanation on the web and I found out that it explains about God is a jealous God and that He does not want people to worship any other gods.
I do not know but I immediately thought about what is happening in this world right now.
The world is so busy finding the vaccine for this enemy that is unseen when the solution is right in front of our eyes.
We just ignore to see it. We are blinded with our intelligence, we are so distracted to find the answer when what we need to do first is to turn to God and have faith in Him. Have faith that God will be the one to provide wisdom to people.
Faith tells us to believe even though we cannot see Him, to believe that even when we don’t see it, He is working, even when we don’t feel it He is working.
The world is in havoc because of this pandemic and yet most people are still having a hard time trusting God and putting their hope only on Him. People would still offer burnt offerings and sacrifices to their gods when what God wants is to only worship Him.
God is a consuming fire.
At the moment, the world is receiving discipline from Him because he loves it (John 3:16). It did cost a lot of lives, on the other hand, I believe that instead of rationalizing and leaning on our understanding He wants us to start realizing that He is our only dependence.
Oh, God You are truly a consuming fire.