ENDURING EMBERS AND RELENTLESS WILDFIRES!
CHAPTER 1: What, Where, Why?
Let’s have a conversation ya’ll!!!
In biblical times it was common for Jews to wear a few snippets of God’s Word upon their heads and hands.
Question: How did they manage this?
Answer: They strapped two small leather boxes around their heads and hands.
I’ll try to explain it this way:
In the words of Vinnie Barbarino from the 1970’s show Welcome Back, Kotter I’ll start with: what, where, and why.
What are the boxes?
The leather boxes are called the Tefillin. The boxes contained the first four books of the Torah.
Where? Inside the Tefillin was written:
- The Shema– Deuteronomy 6:4-9: Proclaiming the Unity of the ONE God
- Vehayah— Deuteronomy 11:13-21: God’s promises of reward if man obeys God and His promises of warning if we choose disobedience.
- Kadesh— Exodus 13:1-10: God’s Commands for man to REMEMBER that He set the Jews free from captivity
- Vehayah– the responsibily of every Jew to teach their children God’s commandments and ways.
Why? Because God’s people are in the:
“midst of a crooked and perverse nation”….
“midst of thieves that come in the night to kill and destroy”…
“midst of false teachers and doctrines”…
The wheat lives among the tares. It is sifting time. Matthew 13:30
To remind the Jews of God’s power, redemption and conviction.
To remind His people that His Word is a “lamp unto my feet and a light on to my path”…. God is our Lighthouse. He is our beacon.
Are we always going to be a quiet ember? Will we always feel bold like a wildfire?
At times we are glowing embers.
At times we are roaring wildfires.
Some days I look to the sky and ask God, “How long can I withstand the flaming arrows of evil? How long can I press? I am tired, I am weak and I am weary!
I know my cries can be of a tired wildfire; all I wish to do is recede into a glowing ember.
Then I hear the strong say— Here I am Lord! I will follow you! Send me!
…..Burning like relentless wildfires they speak strong and proud; chins lifted towards the heavens with feet ready for service. Armor of God is strapped on tight. They are bold and ready to aim true. Obeying their marching orders….Their fires spreading unquenchable!
Those of God who call His name JEHOVAH-NISSI– THE LORD IS MY BANNER!
These are the Iron Ones who ignite me with encouragement as I watch God move them forward, pressing towards the High Calling of Christ JEsus!!!
Then I hear the weak say— Here I am Lord! I will follow you! Send me!
…..Their embers glowing warmly in the midst of the ashes. The Lord sustaining them, giving them beauty for ashes… oil of joy for mourning… garment of praise for heaviness…
Trees rooted in righteousness… steadily drinking the waters of life, they begin to burn brighter and brighter…
They BELIEVE that God sustains them. They have no shame for their time of preservation!
No matter how hard the winds blow and where the winds take us, the fire of God is unquenchable. His people WHO ARE CALLED BY HIS NAME are relentless! It does not matter if we are in the season of the ember or wildfire. We ARE lights in the darkness!
Believers are called to keep His Word at the forefront of our minds. Life is not about the honey-doo list, our workout regime, or our career and educational goals! If we are to burn in Christ, we are called to “keep first the kingdom of God and His righteousness THEN all these things shall be added unto you.”
His Word is the conduit that lights His people up like a “city on a hill”!
May we keep His Words on the forefront of our thoughts each day….
Let us carry our own Tefillin that says:
“Be still and KNOW that I AM GOD”
“Be of Good courage for I GO BEFORE YOU.”
“I WILL NEVER leave you or forsake you.”
Or seek your own Tefillin scriptures.
Write them on the tablet of your heart (Proverbs 7:3) today!