There is a fire of God which is necessary for the functioning of the body of Christ. Tongues of Fire, clothing of power, a poured out Spirit. We need truth, but that’s not enough. God needs men and women of fire. Men honed in by suffering, trained in the Word and having obtained an anointing from the Holy Spirit. We need those who not only know the Word but know the God of the Word.
Where is the hunger for more? A holy discontentment! I was once chastised for hungering for more of God than I had yet experienced by a good-intentioned Christian who cautioned, “it’s dangerous to want ‘more.'”
I say is dangerous to be content with how much we have. Where is the groan of David:
1 God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you.Ps 63:1-8, CSB
I thirst for you;
my body faints for you
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
2 So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.
3 My lips will glorify you
because your faithful love is better than life.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
at your name, I will lift up my hands.
5 You satisfy me as with rich food;
my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.
6 When I think of you as I lie on my bed,
I meditate on you during the night watches
7 because you are my helper;
I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
8 I follow close to you;
your right hand holds on to me.
Perhaps the key is in verses 9-11 where the source of David’s insatiable thirsts for God is clear:
9 But those who intend to destroy my life
will go into the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the power of the sword;
they will become a meal for jackals.
David’s life is threatened and thus, he thirsts. Maybe the Lord needs to remove our contentment, put us into danger in order to give this hunger. What’s the payoff? Utter satisfaction for those who thirst:
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by him will boast,
for the mouths of liars will be shut.
Are you thirsting for God like David? Do you realize that the enemies of God can “go into the depths of the earth” and “given over to the power of the sword” – proverbially speaking of the Lord’s sword, the Word?
Let it be Lord.