I imagine that you are reading this title and thinking that my theology must be completely off. God can’t fall, right? But He does. He has! And I am personally wondering why this isn’t something that we are seeing on a more regular basis. I want God to fall. I want Him to fall on me.
When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it. When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” -2nd Chronicles 7:1-3 (NIV)
THE LORD – HE IS GOD
When Solomon finished praying to God, while consecrating the Temple to the Lord, fire fell down from heaven and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. The same thing happened in 1st Kings 18:38-39, when Elijah finished praying “the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD--he is God! The LORD--he is God!"
God falls with power, often by fire, to reveal Himself so that all may see Him and worship. But do we experience Him in this way? Many of us would say that we want to experience the Lord, but I’m not sure that we really know what that means, we don’t know how to truly experience Him, and we are too busy and distracted to make it a priority.
ARE WE READY?
God wants to fall on us, just like He fell on the offerings in the Old Testament, and He wants to fill us with His presence, just like He did the Temple. He desires to have a relationship with us and He wants us to call out to Him. When God falls, it is amazing. It is powerful. It is full of purpose. I want to plead with us to beg God to fall on us, but I think we should be careful. We might not be ready. If we ask God to fall on us, if we invite the power of His presence, won’t we also be held accountable? Are we ready to face Him, truly and vulnerably? God’s power is such that His presence could fall on us and literally burn us up.
Notice that in both instances, after the power of God’s presence shows up, the people cannot help but fall too: to their knees in worship. We cannot stand in His presence. We should not be able to contain ourselves: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!” With our faces in the ground, we should be shouting in praise: "The LORD--he is God! The LORD--he is God!"
WITH POWER AND PURPOSE
We are so blessed to have constant opportunities in our country to encounter our Creator in an intimate way. He has fallen. He falls. With power and purpose. In His Holiness. We should fall too - to our knees and praise Him. I have been consumed with these thoughts lately and I cannot move forward without the conviction and yearning to see His presence fall on us - fall on me! I hope that you also will evaluate the condition of your heart and be ready to fall in His presence as He falls on you.