I love fire. Always have, and always will. If it involves fire, I will probably like doing it. Fireworks… yep, fire. Bonfires… yep, fire. Explosions… yep fire. The best fire though is a small camp fire. Each fire has its own unique characteristics and nuance. There are never any two fires that are exactly alike. After I get the fire going, I enjoy staring deep into the coals and flames. Pondering the goodness of God, and hopes of the future.
Taking a fire from kindling to a roaring campfire is therapeutic and satisfying. It is a process, and it is almost humorous watching someone who doesn’t know what they are doing attempt to start a thriving fire. My wife, bless her heart, was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and knew next to nothing about camping or living in the country for that matter. She has come a long way, especially in her fire building skills. One lesson she had to learn was that you cannot throw a huge log in, and hope to start the fire with that hunk of wood. No, you have to start with leaves and twigs,
progress to larger sticks, and then larger, and eventually you can add a log.
I have seen revival work in the same way. We often equate revival to an ornery Christian getting right with God. If such an event happened, that revival, like wild fire, would spread through the church. My experience has shown that God uses one individual like kindling to start a fire. A Christian who is easy to get on fire for the Lord, and then catches another, and another, and another. Before you know it, the snowy log of an ornery Christian is on fire too!
I love reading the story of Gideon, because it reminds me of God’s ability to work in incapable people. Gideon was not a mighty man of valor, but God called him by this title because He saw what Gideon would become. God takes a people who are cowering in caves, and without one sword swing delivers them from an innumerable army. In chapter six we find Gideon called of God, and then ten men following him to tear down the altar of Baal.
Even Gideon’s father gets on board by defending his son’s actions. He starts calling his son, Jerubbaal: “If Baal wants to take vengeance, let him do it, he is supposed to be a god after all”! By chapter seven, we see a nation ready to follow God against this mighty foe. God takes their numbers lower and lower, but what a testimony that He had to! There were too many man… compare that to the one man of chapter six. In the end, God delivered Israel from Midian with just three hundred men.
Today make a choice to learn a lesson from Gideon and the fire. It all starts with just one. One person, no matter how scared or intimidated, to take a stand and live for God. A fire starts with one twig catching ablaze, wont you be that twig today? Sing along with the song writer J. Edwin Orr – “O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee: Send revival start the work in me: Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need: For blessing now, O Lord, I humbly plead.”
Daily Scripture Reading
Judges 6 - 7
“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.”