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May 25, 2012

On Holding a Torch to a Glacier

by Bethany

Highlighted Verse: Isaiah 26:8
Full Reading: Isaiah 26; 1 John 4

Ultimate | There are many important things in this life, but there’s only one ultimate thing – the name of the Lord. His glory is the reason for which we were created [1], Israel was redeemed [2], and we will be glorified at the end of the age [3]. Our only appropriate response, therefore, is: “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” [4].

Same | There’s no conflict between God’s passion for His glory and our passion for our happiness. As John Piper says, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” In other words, since He’s the ultimate treasure of the universe, the only place where we can find true happiness is in Him. If we find it in anything else, we won’t be satisfied.

Glacier | Piper has said, “I’m here to torch a glacier. I have in mind a picture … In Matthew 24:12, looking at the end of the age, Jesus says: ‘Lawlessness will be multiplied and the love of many will grow cold’ … I hate the thought that my love for God or my love for people would one day dry up or freeze up. Yet Jesus says, ‘It’s coming!’ It’s coming like a glacier across the world” [5]. Yet Jesus continues, “But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations” [6].

Fire | Piper explains, “It’s not cold people who are going to get it to the unreached peoples of the world … It’s white-hot worshippers of King Jesus who will get that done. Therefore, what I see … is that, as the end of the age draws near, there are going to be people who are getting ice cold and there are going to be people who are white-hot enough to lay down their lives for Jesus among all the peoples of the world … If there are enough people with torches lit white-hot for God, torching the glacier, a big hole can be opened up over … your city. And that’s why I’m here. I want to lift my torch.”

Prayer | Lord, Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Let our love for you not grow cold. Make us white-hot worshippers of your name, lifting up our torches to melt frozen hearts. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] Isaiah 43:6  |  [2] Psalm 106:7  |  [3] 2 Thessalonians 1:9  |  [4] Isaiah 26:8  NIV  |  [5] John Piper. “Passion for the Supremacy of God, Part 1.” Passion 1997. 2 January 1997.  |  [6] Matthew 24:12-14 ESV

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