“As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven
and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
When all the people of Israel saw…
they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord saying, ‘For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.’”
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
Fire came down from heaven.
Fire. came. down. from. heaven.
Fire consumed the burnt offerings and sacrifices – some 22,000 oxen and 122,000 sheep.
So many that they filled the court. (v.7)
Um. Yeah. BIG fire came down from heaven.
“…and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.”
Big God. Big glory.
And the people?
face down to the ground.
on. the. pavement.
thanking Him that He is a good God,
with love that endures FOREVER.
…thanking God He is good (we would be utterly lost if He were not).
…and that He loves (the fire would otherwise terrify us)
…worshiping Him bent, face down on the ground (the view is best from here).
Because when faced with the fullness of His glory…
We won’t be able to do anything else.
God of the Consuming fire,
We offer ourselves.
We pile it all there.
Everything we have.
Everything I am.
I want to see Your glory.
Even if we have to look from the pavement.
We look for the day when Your glory will fill our senses,
Overwhelm us with Yourself.
originally published on December 7, 2010.