Daily D – 1 Chronicles 14:12
The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David ordered that they be burned in the fire.
1 CHRONICLES 14:12 (CSB)
Never worship a god that is not fireproof.
It is springtime in Texas. That means storms. Those storms can be made up of wind, lightning, rain, hail, and tornadoes. We spent much of last evening watching the local weather teams tell us where the storms were most intense and what to expect where we live.
Earlier in the afternoon, I stopped to fill the gas tank and noticed a police officer walk slowly toward a car parked in front of the store. He was not looking for suspicious characters but was instead taking note of the nonexistent rear window of the car. Hail destroyed the window in last week’s storm.
Homes, businesses, places of worship, schools, and more often experience damage during this season. Those of us in the Fort Worth area know the precise week when we will experience strong storms. Whenever the schedule for Mayfest is announced, people can begin making preparation. Of course, last year’s event and this year’s have been canceled by a worldwide pandemic. This leads to another thought: Never worship a god that is not pandemic proof.
Fortunately for us, our Father in heaven is fireproof, stormproof, and pandemic-roof.
Check out Isaiah 43:1, 2:
Now this is what the LORD says —
the one who created you, Jacob,
and the one who formed you, Israel —
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you,
and the rivers will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be scorched,
and the flame will not burn you.
Recall also Daniel 3. When those three men were tossed into the fiery furnace, God sent someone else into the flames to join them. Rather than incineration, they experienced deliverance. When the king called out the three men he had ordered thrown into the flame, and not the other individual with them, he and his court noticed there was no singe, no smell of smoke, nothing.
Worship only our fireproof Father in heaven. Worship only the One who “soars on the wings of the wind,” (Psalm 18:10). Create a suitable bonfire with anything else.
I will worship our fireproof, stormproof, pandemic-proof God.
Our Father, thank you that fire and flood and pandemic do not threaten you. Thank you that we can depend on you no matter how hot the fire, how dangerous the storm, or how widespread the pandemic. No matter how much damage these can do, they will never separate us from your love (Romans 8:28-39). Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.