Last Sunday the Old Testament reading was the story of Noah. The reading ended with the rainbow and I noticed something I had never noticed before. Earth is created from Chaos and the Flood destroys is by restoring chaos everywhere except on the ark (the ark may have felt chaotic but I think it’s clear from the narrative that the selection of animals, people and food was deliberate and ordered). After the waters have receded, we read that God promised never to destroy the earth with a flood again. His judgment won’t come through a return to Chaos but through the refining/purifying action of fire.
I have been pondering this all week: If we are supposed to emulate God as image-bearers, by bringing order out of chaos, then what relationship should we have with His refining/purifying work?
We know that He is constantly refining us through the work of the Holy Spirit but in what way do we participate in that purifying?
I don’t know but I keep thinking about it.