For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29)
Campfires mesmerize me. I can sit and stare at the flames for hours. I enjoy the crackling sounds of the burning logs, the sparkles swirling and spiraling upward, and the warmth emitted. The glow of the flames illuminates the faces of those sitting around the pit, giving everyone an angelic radiance. Campfires calm and exhilarate me at the same time.
Nevertheless, it’s a commodity that we can never take for granted. It demands our respect. Its power can easily get out of control. Uncontrolled fire puts all living matter in danger. It wipes out homes, forests, and life. It consumes and devastates.
The author of Hebrews compares God with a consuming fire. Not a pleasant analogy when we consider the possibilities of destruction. Even Jesus said to fear no man, but fear God who can destroy both body and soul.
But God doesn’t want to destroy us. He controls His power. He uses it to refine believers like fine gold. And yes, He will use it to consume the wick and rebellious. But again, that is not His desire or His purpose. God wants everyone to enter His kingdom. So if He must employ His consuming fire, it is not His choice, but those who choose to deny His sovereignty.
How about you? What word beginning with F reminds you of our Lord? I’m looking forward to your thoughts in the comments below.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks