Is. 59:19 So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the LORD drives.
Recently, I had been reading a few Scriptures that I saw in a new light. I love when that happens. It’s refreshing. I came to this verse in Isaiah following my reading of Hebrews.
Heb. 12:6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
A rushing stream is powerful and cannot be stopped by any man or woman without the help of technology. When the Lord does a work either through us or in our lives, it is not something we stop or, in other words, opt out of. Sometimes this is a work he is doing through us and at other times it is a work that he is doing in us to refine and purify.
Mal. 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.
No one can stand unchanged when God refines and at the moment he chooses to do so. All of us are broken down to our sin in order to reconcile with the holy God. These moments come for all of us and is something we can prepare for by remaining broken, teachable, moldable, consistent in our prayer life, and also consistent with our time spent in his word.
Daniel and his friends were prepared to deny worshipping the image Nebuchadnezzar implemented because thier focus was on God. This wasn’t because of a random disposition. It was a positive result of time spent with the Lord.
We too can be better prepared to be honest with God when that rushing, unstoppable stream and refining fire comes to deal with whatever it is that the Lord is removing in our lives. When prepared, we are better equipped to resist the devil during his visitation. Read though Daniel 3 when you have a chance.
Daniel and his friends recognized that it was an opportunity to stand for God. And they were confident that the Lord would either deliver them or they would accept the consequences. How did they know God was a deliverer? This history comes from the Scriptures and from experiencing God’s deliverance beforehand.
The more we spend consistent time with God whatever that looks like for each of us, the more we are equipped when times of temptation present themselves. The more recent our communing with God has been, the more we are equipped to accept that refining fire. Fire is painful! Water is heavy and especially when it is rushing it carries us to whatever its destination is.
These things should be welcomed by us because they leave us in a better place than we were previously in. That doesn’t mean the experience should be particularly fun while we’re going through it. Rather we should have some sort of bigger picture and wider understanding to help us recognize that the fruit will be a blessing.