If Only You Would

If only You would tear the heavens open and come down, so that mountains would quake at Your presence — as fire kindles the brushwood, and fire causes water to boil — to make Your name known to Your enemies, so that nations will tremble at Your presence! Isaiah 64:1-2

Is there anything worse than the absence of God? Sin drove Israel away, and now in their captivity and distress, there remains nothing but bitter sorrow as they desire for God to return. They want His appearing even if that means His tremendous power will accompany it. This mighty prayer is spoken by people desiring God to no longer be absent from them. It is a passionate outburst, “If only You would tear the heavens and come down!” May we have the same passion when we cry out to God for renewal in our own lives because we cannot tolerate lacking His magnificent presence for one-minute longer! What if that means He intends to level our prideful places as a raging fire races through dry and dead trees and brush cleaning out what should not remain.

God is an absent God to many of us. Our sins, our ingratitude, our unbelief, and carnal security have driven him away and now we mourn him. (Spurgeon). Yes, it may all appear peaceful now, but just as the heavens seem peaceful before the dark clouds of a storm blow in, the appearance of peace is not authentic peace unless the Lord’s peace is present. When the Lord is near, the mountains of pride and sin are leveled. The fire of God’s love kindles our heart ablaze so that no frigidity remains, not even a hint of lukewarmness. Our heart is kindled to repentance, prayer, and love. This response makes the enemy less influential, and the opponents of Christianity are able to witness the presence of the Lord. Come, Lord Jesus.

May the Lord direct our heart to God’s love and Christ’s endurance,

Amanda


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