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A Fire Called Holy

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Luke 3:15–18
After several years of drought, the wildfires of Southern California left some residents thinking of them as acts of God. This disturbing impression was reinforced when news sources began referring to one as the Holy Fire. Many unfamiliar with the area didn’t realize it was a reference to the Holy Jim Canyon region. But who was Holy Jim? According to local history, he was a nineteenth-century beekeeper so irreligious and cantankerous that neighbors tagged him with that ironic nickname.
John the Baptist’s reference to a baptism of “the Holy Spirit and fire” also came with its own story and explanation (Luke 3:16). Looking back, he was likely thinking of the kind of Messiah and refining fire foreseen by the prophet Malachi (3:1–3; 4:1). But only after the Spirit of God came like wind and fire on the followers of Jesus did the words of Malachi and John come into focus (Acts 2:1–4).
The fire John predicted wasn’t what was expected. As a true act of God, it came with boldness to proclaim a different kind of Messiah and holy flame. In the Spirit of Jesus, it exposed and consumed our futile human efforts—while making room for the love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control of the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:22–23). Those are the acts of God that He would like to work in us.
By: Mart DeHaan
Reflect & Pray
How has your life been affected by the work of the Holy Spirit? What does it mean for you to pursue a holy—set apart—life before God?
Father in heaven, please replace our fear of Your Holy Spirit with a love, joy, and peace that is as priceless as our stubborn ways are worthless.

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Long Delays

Genesis 41:25—42:28
Joseph was sold into slavery at 17 years of age by his older brothers. For the next 13 years, Joseph held various positions of leadership and influence, as well as spending time in prison due to a false accusation. Joseph had faithfully served Potiphar and acted with complete integrity, even when Potiphar’s wife wanted to seduce him. Still, the innocent young man was sent to prison. He displayed such reliability, even in prison, that the head jailor put him in charge of the other prisoners. Joseph worked faithfully for years until seemingly overnight, God rescued him, taking him out of prison and into the palace where he served second only to Pharaoh for the rest of his life.
God’s ways and timing can trouble us. We read this story and want to see Joseph quickly exonerated. He did nothing to merit his brothers’ evil actions or being imprisoned because of the accusation of Potiphar’s wife. Yet, God did not release him from prison for many years. To us, the long delay seems so unjust. But God was at work the entire time! Though we often can’t understand God’s ways, we can trust Him in the mystery. He is a perfectly just God who is both holy and loving in all His ways.
Have you ever struggled to trust God when your prayers weren’t answered quickly or in the way you had hoped? Are you praying for a breakthrough right now, and it seems like God is far away and not listening to you? Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you through the story of Joseph. Recognize that your story is still being written. Thank God in advance for His faithfulness to work through all the wrong others may have done to you. Rest in the knowledge that He can bring about good from it all.

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