Fake It Till God Makes It
S. O. A. P.
Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power.
“John the Beloved” saw a temple coming out of heaven, and when the door opened the temple was filled with smoke because of the Glory and Power of God. Even though that was a vision, the Old Testament records of the dedication of Solomon’s temple that the glory of God was so awesome that a cloud (perhaps smoke) filled the temple. The priests weren’t able to do their service unto the Lord (2 Chronicles 6:14). And again in Isaiah 6:4, Isaiah had a vision from the Lord while in His temple. The Glory of God filled the place with smoke. I would love to experience that too.
Like many other contemporary churches, we have smoke machines during our worship service. It adds an unusual visual effect with intelligent lighting that creates a beautiful atmosphere. The atmosphere created tends to get people’s eyes off of one another and on to the worship of Jesus. But it’s also a means to re-create in human terms the presence of God mentioned in the Scriptures above. I know it’s fake, but it’s not a shortcut; it really is offered from a pure heart wishing and hoping and praying that His glory would demonstrate again as in days of old. We want God so much that we’re willing to … “Fake It Until God Makes It.”
Like so many other “Followers of Jesus,” I want to see YOUR glory. And I know that when I do, no one will think it’s fake. Amen