As fire burns brushwood,
As fire causes water to boil—
Fire causes water to boil. The water serves a purpose cold or at room temperature. But there are times we need hot water and that’s when we need fire applied to the water.
Spiritual parallel: The water of the Word is useful. Sometimes we need to serve it cold. It needs to be soothing to the one we are ministering to. Sometimes it needs to be room temperature. We need to just dispense the truth to bring understanding. Sometimes it needs to be hot and burn out what we need to get rid of, or to force movement in the right direction. Jeremiah experienced fire forcing him in the right direction when he tried to hold back on delivering the Word of God to those he was supposed to prophesy to.
Jeremiah 20:9 NKJV
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him,
Nor speak anymore in His name.”
But His word was in my heart like a burning fire
Shut up in my bones;
I was weary of holding it back,
And I could not.
When the Word needs to be hot, we must add the fire of the Holy Spirit to it.