The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.” Psalm 29:7
Have you ever sat and listened to a thunderstorm? When a thunderstorm begins, it immediately demands the attention of all who hear it. It claps, roars, and drowns out all other things that contend for the spotlight. It is like that of a consuming fire that can easily devour everything in its path with one powerful spark. It can knock down trees and walls revealing all that was once concealed. The voice of God is like that of thunder and lightning; it begs for our attention, and when we tune in it can be a truly awesome experience. Some fear storms, and some embrace them. His words unveil our hearts; discerning the true intents of men. It divides and separates those who walk after the letter, and those who walk after the spirit (2 Cor. 3:4-6, Rom. 8:1). We can be easily misled into a wilderness of doubt and confusion if we aren’t in tune with the word of God, and His still small voice. God revealed Himself to Elijah after a major storm, by a still small voice (1 Cor. 14:33, 1 Kings 19:11-13). It’s is gentle but powerful. Sometimes we fear the fire of God. The eyes and ears of our hearts need to be open to see and hear what the Lord is saying and trying to show us (Psa. 119:18). His still small voice can overpower even our loudest thoughts if we let it.
Fire is the very essence of God. His word is the double-edged sword that cuts away all confusion. It will cause separation (Heb. 4:12, Matt. 25:31-46). The Hebrew word for “divideth” means “to carve.” When we are born again, we are ignited with God’s spirit (fire). His word carves and refines our heart. When we are “on fire for God” we are continually burning (Matt. 25:3). Jeremiah 20:9 says, “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire.” We need to fan the flame and stir up the gift given to us (2 Tim. 1:6, Rom 12:11). We have just come through one of the coldest seasons physically. Spiritually sometimes we don’t even realize that we have grown cold. My hands are constantly cold, but I sometimes don’t realize just how cold they really are until I shake someone’s hand. When someone is in the last stage of hypothermia (death) they go into a state of numbness and eventually feel nothing. If we aren’t careful to keep the fire of God going in our lives, we can spiritually freeze to death unknowingly. Allow God to open the eyes of your heart.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” Revelation 2:2