Bless the Lord, O my soul!… Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.” (Psalm 104:1, 4 – NKJV)
At the time of writing, the UK remains in the grip of “The Big Freeze” as Siberian weather blankets our green and pleasant land in snow and pushes temperatures well below freezing. The consequences of such meteorological extremity are obvious. Almost every area of our lives are effected – some for good, as we have the rare opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of real ‘winter-wonderland’ weather. For the most part, however, the white-stuff has brought chaos – blocked roads, closed schools, low food stocks, over-stretched public services, damaged economies, etc. Needless to say, therefore, the news-media has been almost entirely pre-occupied with “The Big Freeze”.
Whilst the weather outside my home concerns me, the ‘spiritual climate’ within our nation and throughout the world remains of greater concern. Sadly, however, neither the BBC, ITN or CNN consider it important enough to report on it.
Just as the heat of the sun melts the snow and promotes the thaw, so the heat of the Son of God (so to speak) re-addresses the damage caused by the ‘spiritual’ Big Freeze. Make it your prayer, that God’s indwelling Holy Spirit would so set the hearts and lives of God’s people ablaze in 2010, that the spiritual climate is warmed considerably.
In his journal on 7th July 1948, whilst reflecting upon the words of Psalm 104:4, Jim Elliot, the missionary to Ecuador who, along with four others, was martyred while attempting to evangelize the Waodani people through efforts known as Operation Auca, asked himself a very searching question . “Am I ignitable?” He then penned a most remarkable prayer. “God deliver me from the dead asbestos of ‘other things.’ Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be a flame…” I echo this prayer for my life and trust that you might be so prompted to do the same.