A FIRE IN MY BONES
Jeremiah wanted to quit, but he couldn’t, because there was a fire in his bones.
Morgan said, “Under the stress and strain of his sufferings, he was tempted to abandon the work, to refuse to speak any more in the name of Jehovah. But when he attempted thus to find release from suffering in silence, it was impossible; for such silence became more intolerable than suffering.”
What does fire do for us?
- Fire consumes-—burns out the sinful and unnecessary stuff in our lives. Wickedness burns like a fire (Isaiah 9:18), but fire also purges the evil (Zechariah 13:9).
- Fire purifies—makes us clean and holy before God (cf. 1 Peter 1:7).
- Fire prepares (as in food)—makes us tasteful and pleasant to each other.
- Fire cheers—when caught in the grip of despair and discouragement, the fire of God cheers us on to victory.
- Fire unites—(as in uniting different kinds of metals) brings unity to the people of God.
Conclusion: Do you have a fire in your bones?