I have read the Bible through a number of times but if you asked me prior this time about the instances where fire descended from Heaven and consumed offerings/ sacrifices in the Bible, I would mention the case of Elijah alone. There is always a new thing from The Bible you know.
Solomon’s prayer at the occasion of the dedication of the Temple received the attention of Heaven. Fire came straight from Heaven and consumed the sacrifice. I never really paid attention to this part.
WHEN SOLOMON had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. The priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house (2Chronicles 7:1-2).
Wow! A rare happening. Fire didn’t come down from heaven everyday. It wasn’t a random happening. God sent down fire on this special occassion.
One thing that strikes my heart is that the dedication of the Temple was opening a new chapter in the lives of the Israelites. It was symbolic of the start of a new round of fellowship with God. This is what had always longed for. This is restoration. Reconciliation.
Our fellowship with God is very important to Him. He looks forward to being with His children, I believe. The opening up of the Temple triggered the fall of the fire. Our desire to fellowship with God excites Him. We are the temple of God. We must open up for Him to come in- He wants to sup and dwell with us. We are made for worship. We live for the worship of God. God did not make you basically for that job you are doing, that job that is taking over your life and doesn’t allow you have time for proper worship of The Only Living God. That job should be a means of worship and not your life. That is why Christianity is a way of life. Marriage, child-bearing, business, schooling, employment, . . . everything we are involved in must be worship to God. That is when we can say we are living life as God intended.
We must set our priorities right. Rededicate your life to God. Have you lost your first love (That love that consumed you when you first believed)? You know where you left it. Go seek it out and be clothed again with the garment of His love. Allow yourself to be wrapped up by the love of God- in His presence. In His presence, there is fullness of joy. In His presence, there is liberation. Fire falls and consumes everything that needs to be consumed, in His presence. Impossibility turn to possibility; you are transformed into the supernatural. . . in His presence.
Open up to God today and see your life change for good. It is the only way!
-OMOSEBI Mary Omolola