Wednesday: 8th May, 2019
Reference text: Psalm 66
Psalms 66:12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
Which element do you prefer: fire or water? We often go by the general assertion that water is life, hence that may be the one factor that influences the choice made between the two options. However, on an even broader scale, both can represent the different stages of growth, transformation and change anyone can face.
Fire has two key traits: heat and light. Its heat is often the number one reason it is used. Water on the other hand, is seen as refreshing and renewing; an absolute necessity for life. Yet, both elements have a ‘darker side’. It is a fact that both can be the cause of major incidents and very few things can stand in the way of a raging fire or a rushing flood.
But in the purification of gold, fire has a special place. In extreme heat and at temperatures that will destroy many other things, gold is purified. So to gold, heat might be good for purification. Water is also capable of thoroughly cleaning. The Psalmist therefore sings today ‘we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place’.
The water he describes is not the same that provides refreshment as we might expect, but the kind that tested their resolve. Floods that shook their very foundations. Nonetheless, after going through fire and through water, they were brought to a place of wealth, a place of abundance and a place of safety. After their purification, they were ushered into an expanse.
Beloved, Fire and water can be seen as’ able to destroy things in their path’ or as ‘able to create incredible pathways’. When you go through tough moments in life, know that the latter is the most likely because your promised end, will always be a place of abundance.