“You who are far away, hear what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might. Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with the everlasting burnings?”—Isaiah 33.13-14If any of you have listened to the presentation entitled Love’s Eternal Flame from Life Unlimited, what I am about to share this week will make perfect sense with just a little thought.
Over and over in the scriptures, God likens His love for us to an eternally burning, everlasting, unquenchable fire! (Misunderstanding of these passages has led many people to believe in an eternally burning hell, an idea that I neither subscribe to nor believe that the scriptures really teach.) Three words are found throughout the scriptures: eternal, everlasting, and unquenchable. Stop for just one moment this week and ponder what it means to experience this type of love.
Solomon wrote, “… Love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it …” (Song of Solomon 8.6,7).
God’s love for us in not only unquenchable, it is everlasting:
The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (Jeremiah 31.3).
This is the quality of love each of us truly desires: a love that is all-knowing, yet eternal and unchanging. We yearn for a love that knows us intimately to the smallest detail, knows everything about us, and yet loves us nonetheless. This quality of love changes us. It changes our lives. It changes those around us and, ultimately, it will change the world and usher in the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of this quality of love.
Let’s finish the verse we began with, shall we?
“Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning? He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; He will dwell on the heights, his refuge will be the impregnable rock; his bread will be given him, his water will be sure” (Isaiah 33:14-16).
Who will dwell for eternity in the presence and embrace this perfect love, while others around him or her are consumed? He who walks “righteously”, or in other words, those who allow that love to be divinely reproduced in their lives.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous … you are to be perfect [love perfectly], as your heavenly Father is perfect [loves perfectly] (Matthew 5:43-48, brackets added).
In the light of His unquenchable love for you, you too, go out and love someone this week!
I wish you God’s best.