A Wall of Fire
For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. ~Zechariah 2:5
The last several weeks, our state of California has been engulfed in major fires. Millions of acres have burned, structures have been destroyed, and billions of dollars in losses have been incurred. Firefighters in the wilderness will sometimes set up fire walls to cut off an approaching fire. It serves as a “wall’ to stop the advance of a raging fire and to be a protection for them. God speaks about being a wall of fire around the city of Jerusalem and the glory in the midst of her.
We see the return.
“And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein.” The people of God had been in Babylonian captivity for 70 years. The Babylonians were overthrown by the Medo-Persians. Under Cyrus, the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem. They returned slowly. The Lord gave a command for them to return from all areas where they were scattered. God wants His people who wander far from Him to come home. Prodigals always go far away from home. God wants His people back home where they can enjoy His fellowship and protection.
We see the revival.
“For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” The walls of Jerusalem had been broken down, and the gates were burned with fire. There was hesitancy on the part of the Jews to return. God told them that He would be a wall of fire round them and the glory in the midst of them. He told them that when they return, they would sing and He would dwell in the midst with them. God told them that there would be a revival of His presence in their midst. We are never safer than when we are in the presence of God. We never have more joy than when we are enjoying the presence of God.
We see the revenge.
“For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.” God promised His people that He would take revenge upon all the nations that did wrong to His people. He knew that His people had pain in their hearts from years of suffering. In our hardships, we must allow the Lord to fight our battles and to deal with those who have done us wrong.
We see the regeneration.
“And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.” The return of God’s people to the Lord had widespread results around the world. Other nations would turn to God and join the Jews in His service and worship. When God’s people experience revival, souls are saved and the work of missions expands. Fruitful soulwinners know that they must live in a constant state of revival to have a soulwinner’s fire.
We see the reverence.
“Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.” We are called upon to be still and know that He is God. We acknowledge the holiness of God. God desires to be the glory in our midst. Come home and experience His wall of fire around your life. Come home and let His presence dwell in your midst.
Have a revived God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Zephaniah 1-3