Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.
When you’ve read the Bible, have you noticed all the similes in there? My goodness, there are a lot of them. God’s Word uses similes to describe the kingdom of heaven, God Himself, and also to describe the human character.
“When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain brings grass from the earth.” 2 Samuel 23:3-4
“. . . the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
“Sending a message by the hands of a fool is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.” Proverbs 26:6
“The lookout reported, ‘He has reached them, but he isn’t coming back either. The driving is like that of Jehu son of Nimshi—he drives like a maniac.’” 2 Kings 9:20 (Yes, that’s really in the Bible!)
God understands our character, the distinctive qualities that make us human.
The other day, I was thinking about God’s similes as I sat eating ice cream in a little shop here in town. I had chosen an audacious flavor—chili chocolate. With the first bite, my tongue was on fire, but then the cold snuffed out the spiciness. As I ate the rest, I felt a flickering flame of heat, but nothing like I had with the first bite.
Being Christian is like eating chili chocolate ice cream! When a person gives his or her life to Christ, there is a burning desire to know Him more deeply and to serve Him. But later in the walk with the Lord there might be days when that desire is more like a flame flickering inside of a cold hearth.
So, how can we get the fire burning again?
First, we can set aside all of life’s distractions and make time to be alone with God, listening to Him and worshiping Him with thanksgiving and praise. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
Next, we can recognize the gifts that God has given us and put them to use for Him. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)
Finally, and most importantly, we can immerse ourselves in God’s Word, not just reading it, but thinking about it. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
When we choose the right fuel to rekindle a burning desire for God, we can be sure that the Holy Spirit will do the rest. Our hearts will become like that first bite of chili chocolate ice cream, burning—but oh so sweet.
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