Wednesday, December 02, 2009
For Our God is a Consuming Fire
One of the wonderful things about the house we're renting is the wood-burning fireplace. The warmth, the crackle, the delicious aroma of burnt wood -- it's one of my favorite things about this time of year (even in Florida)!
Fires also remind me of our heavenly Father. One of my favorite chapters in the Bible, Hebrews 12, ends with these words:
"Wherefore seeing we receive a kingdom, which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may so serve God, that we may please him with reverence and fear. For even our God is a consuming fire."
I love the image of our great God as a consuming fire -- though I suppose it's a terrifying image to those who do not belong to Him. But for His people, for those who rest in the death and resurrection of His Son for their salvation, it is a comforting fire. A protective fire.
"And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might go both by day and by night. He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night from before the people."
~ Exodus 13:21-22 ~
Praise be to God for His beauty, His holiness, and His love!
(Verses taken from the 1599 Geneva Bible, available online here: The Geneva Bible)