Day 5 – Our Consuming Fire
When we hear the word “fire,” what are the first things that come to mind?
For many of us, we think of destruction and dangers.
Fire is often associated with chaos. Fire can destroy buildings and can consume anything it comes in contact with. In the Scriptures, fire is mentioned as a something God used to condemn a city, thus exemplifying His mighty power.
However, there are also good characteristics of fire. It gives warmth, light and protection. Before the world was modernized by electricity, fire played a major role.
Fire consumes. The writer of Hebrews states that God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). This means that the fire will consume the things around it in order to keep the flames alive. The more the fire consumes, the brighter and hotter the fire becomes.
During the summer youth camp in Bread of Life America, one of the coaches during the final evening asked the campers to write about themselves on a piece of wood. They were instructed to write their stories and include both the good and the bad. After they wrote on their pieces of wood, they were to throw it into the campfire as a symbolism of surrendering their lives to Jesus. With every piece of wood tossed into the campfire, the fire grew brighter and hotter.
The fire did not pick and choose which of the pieces of wood to consume – it swallowed them all completely.
In the same way, we get to see that God doesn’t only take our good – He also takes our failures and our mistakes. God desires to consume us entirely. As the fire of God in us increases and continues to burn vibrantly, the more warmth and light His fire produces in our lives.
This song describes a fire within us that cannot be controlled because God’s flames cannot be tamed. He is the consuming fire. Whatever we surrender He will use to keep the fire burning no matter what. That’s the beauty of God’s love.
Jeremiah in the Bible said this,
“But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” – Jeremiah 20:9
As we are reminded of God’s consuming fire, may we continue to find ourselves surrendering our hearts completely to Him – both the good and the bad, that He would use it for His glory.