“Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.” Leviticus 9:24
And it came down. The sacrifice carefully selected. Prepared to specification. Offered up. And The Lord came down.
When The Lord prompts me in the area of sacrifice, I become fearful. What will I give up Lord? Will I be able to give my best? Or will I hold back and offer You scraps? Lord, am I even capable of sacrifice?
At times I am so consumed with the taking up that I neglect to contemplate the coming down.
When the Israelites offered up a proper sacrifice, The Lord was faithful to come down. To make His presence known in a mighty way. Fire. All consuming fire. And when they saw it, shouts for joy! Then they fell face down. Worshiping the King. The King who comes down.
Sacrifice means obedience. It’s not about what we give up, but more about the willingness to lay it on the alter. To allow the area to be consumed with Holy fire, and what is not of The Lord – burned off to ash. The willingness to allow His fire to separate what we love into piles of Holy and chaff. To consume our most coveted places as we offer up, and allow Him space to come down.
Please Lord, help us know where – how – and what to offer. Show us the sacrifice and let us not be afraid to bleed. Come down and consume the wasted spaces leaving Holy fire to remind us of You as we fall face down. No one compares to Your Glory. No other fire so cleansing. No other fire are we strengthened to endure, but Yours Lord. Come down. In Your Holy Name we pray, Amen