A Fire in the Darkness
I had a dream that I was working on building myself a house and for some reason my mother who I consider unsaved and foolish regarding the things of the Lord, was with me. Yet she does have belief in Him. It seemed I was building for both of us and she was involved somehow. The house was a fairly substantial house built on a sloping area that was 3 stories in height on its downhill end. The framing was heavy and doubled or even heavier like that of a timberframed building. It seemed almost the length of two houses. Situated on the attractive and rolling topography in the nearby area were other houses also in various stages of construction by other people.
The area around the house had been recently graded after the backfilling for the excavation and the bare soil was covered in straw everywhere to prevent erosion as is commonly done before the grass grows. This was also the case in many, other homes being built in the surrounding vicinity, though they were widely spaced from each other in a luxurious setting with stands of trees here and there between them. As darkness came on there came from somewhere in that area a commotion. A fire had somehow come onto the land. The dried leaves of the trees on the ground but especially the straw everywhere began to burn. The grounds all over the vicinity were on fire in many places and spreading fast. Central New York State is too wet to have forest fires and even brush fires are fairly rare. I am in my late 50's and have never seen or heard of a forest fire in New York, nor do I recall even seeing any kind of serious brushfire. But the entire night scene was fantastically lit up by burning fires all around the many homes and people everywhere were reacting to it. Suddenly I spoke these words: "These are the fires of the Day of the Lord". The fires spread quickly to my own property. Concerned the wood framing of the unfinished house was in danger, I tried to prevent all the straw around the house from burning and I attempted to tamp out all the places where it was already on fire. But it was too much and was now just a few feet from the house. I recall seeing my mother distraught farther down the hill near the back of the house illuminated in the darkness by the brilliant flames all around. At this I awoke and wondering for a moment about it, I suddenly recalled the verse:
"Each one should build with care. For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid which is Jesus Christ. If any one builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each persons work. If what has been built survives, the builder will recieve a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss, but yet will be saved-
1 Corinthians 3:12-
The Day spoken of which will bring it to light is the Day of the Lord. A day of darkness and fires according to Zephania 1:14-
That Day will be a day of wrath -
Neither their gold nor their silver will be able to save them on the day of the Lord's wrath. In the fire of His jealousy the whole earth will be consumed,
for He will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.
Clearly the work of building spoken of in 1 Corinthians 3:12 is not the literal building of an earthly house, but the work of building on what Jesus began as a foundation for us all to build on. The verses just before this on the subject are:
"Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God has been making it grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-
People think that they will only be rewarded on the Day He is revealed in all His Glory. But this is far from true. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says:
For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
"The servant who knows the masters will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded. And from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."
In Luke 6 it says:
"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like: They are man building a house who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words ans does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."
How much of what you do in life is really for Him and not for yourself-
"Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?"
If you think that's a wrong or sinful attitude that our troubles also come from the Lord, then why does the very next line in Job say:
"In all this, Job did not sin in what he said ".
Some day, a lot more troubles than we can imagine will come to earth, and it will surely be the Lord's doing.
In Haggai 1:7 it says:
This is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. Go up to the mountains and bring down timber and build my house so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored." says the Lord. "You expected much, but see it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why? Because of My house which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house."
These are the last days and the Lord does not dwell in houses built by men but He dwells within us now. The house we are to be building is His house within the hearts and minds of men. Whose house are you really building, my friend?