Fire On The Mountain

by Sheri Schofield

A number of years ago, my husband and I moved into a home high in the Rocky Mountains. Deer, elk and moose crossed the property daily. Mountain lions and bears sometimes walked through. Those were just the large animals: you would not believe the number of squirrels, rabbits and other small creatures on our mountain!

Then one day, I met Corky and Louise. These little ground squirrels were obviously tame. Corky liked to follow my husband around like a little dog, sitting up to see what Tim was doing. Louise couldn’t get enough of my petunias, so I had to hang them up out of her reach. More timid than Corky, she would stand below the deck each morning and consider the unreachable flowers. So I’d pick off a few blossoms and drop them one by one over the side of the deck. As they floated down Louise would race over, hold up her tiny paws, catch them, and stuff the blossoms into her cheeks.

One warm summer day, I opened the door to the deck and stood enjoying the cool breeze. Louise came onto the deck and cautiously approached the open doorway, curious and ready to explore. She stepped over the threshold. I shook my head and said, “Louise, you need to go back outside.”

She sniffed the air and looked up.

I said, “You can’t come into the house, Louise.”  I moved my foot slightly. The sudden action startled her! What was this big THING in front of her? She gave a little squeak and fled.

Israel was a lot like Louise. They worshiped the invisible God, Jehovah, who rescued them from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, and fed them manna from heaven.

But one day Israel reached Mount Sinai. God came down onto the mountain. Thunder and lightning crashed! The mountain appeared to be on fire! The Israelites were terrified. They trembled as they watched Moses climb up the mountain to meet with God! They were not prepared for God’s mighty power and majesty.

The God we serve is more powerful and awesome than we can imagine. Yet he sends rain to the earth and makes the crops grow. He provides for our needs. We lift up our hands and gladly accept these gifts from the invisible God. But are we willing to experience him like Moses did?

The picture God painted at Passover was carried out at Calvary, when God sacrificed his one and only Son in order to rescue us from Satan’s power. The Mount Sinai picture, painted fifty days later, was fulfilled at Pentecost, when God poured out the Holy Spirit on believers in flames of fire over each one’s head, and allowed them to speak the languages of pilgrims assembled in Jerusalem. About three thousand people were saved as a result!

Now that Resurrection Sunday (Easter/Passover) has passed, we can look forward to the next great celebration: Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on believers in great power. If we are willing to seek God’s face like Moses did… like the early church did … that power is available to us now. It is only fifty days from Resurrection Sunday.

The power of the Holy Spirit can save and heal our world, if we open our hearts and become channels through whom God can pour out his salvation. Imagine heaven’s gates opening wide as we cry out to him for blessing, for healing, for filling!

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:9-13, NIV

Fire On The Mountain – insight from SheriSchofield on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

sheri schofieldAbout the author: Sheri Schofield, is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years,  Sheri was named Writer of the Year for 2018 at Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, Questions welcomed!

Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, is a beautifully illustrated, interactive picture book, written for children ages 4-8, that helps parents lead their children into a lasting, saving relationship with Jesus. It explains abstract concepts through words and interactive, multi-sensory activities. Useful for children’s ministry as well.

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