Tuesday 5th june
he’ll bring the fire
Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
1 Kings 18: 22-24
thought for the day
Last week I was at a festival called Wildfires. It was an amazing time. Unsurprisingly there was a lot of talk of fire there, it made me realise why we use fire so much in our worship songs, prayers and ministry times; it’s powerful, captivating, uncontrollable, life giving. I could go on.
When we do come across God sending his fire in the Bible it’s often when a sacrifice is presented. When David has messed up, he builds an altar and presents sacrifices and God sends fire (1 Chronicles 21:26), After Solomon builds the temple and dedicates it, the Lord sends fire to consume the burnt offerings (2 Chronicles 7:1), then here we have Elijah showing the power of God against the prophets over Baal with this impressive display.
This carries into the New Testament, Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross came before the fire of Pentecost and the start of the church. The Good News is that Jesus has sacrificed himself once and for all, we don’t have to do anything to be in relationship with God.
But if we’re asking for God’s fire, for God to move powerfully in universities and churches across the U.K. we still need to provide a sacrifice. We provide the sacrifice and he provides the fire, that’s the deal. This could be ‘wasting time’ with God reading the Bible every day, it could be worshipping God when you don’t feel like it, turning up to church when you’re knackered, it could be deciding to tithe to the church or be more generous with your money.
This week, whether you’ve finished exams or not, what sacrifice can you bring to God?
Study Space is running from 22nd May to the 7th June every Tuesday – Thursday from 9 till 5. It’s a space to revise and study for the exams with free tea, coffee and biscuits and the chance to pray with the staff team at 9am and 3pm.
Come along to STC Sheffield for Study Space this Exam Period.