by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Through the years I’ve witnessed first hand how absolutely destructive fire can be. And let me say, it isn’t pretty. Because of this, and probably for other unknown reasons, I’ve been reluctant to embrace the thought that God is a consuming fire.
The first time I read the words stating God is a consuming fire in Hebrews, I shuddered.
The first time I watched Third Day’s rather apocalyptic video, Consuming Fire, it frightened me.
Yes. I sang Refiner’s Fire at church along with everyone else. Sure, I wanted to be holy, set apart for God’s use. Didn’t we all?
I longed to be a clean vessel God could use, but there was that fire thing again.
Couldn’t I just be scrubbed clean with soap, or something?
Did it HAVE to be fire?
This morning as I listened to Meredith Andrews’ song, “Burn Away” it hit me.
Looking back I see where God took his refining fire to my heart multiple times. I’ve been in the crucible and held over his consuming fire more times than I care to remember. But remember I must.
And you want to know why we must remember the times God’s consuming fire burned away the things in our lives that are not of him; that kept us from being all he designed us to be? Because it is in those times of trial and testing we are purified to become vessels he can use.
So, instead of shrinking from the flames and being fearful, I have a new perspective. If God’s refining fire is what it takes to make me more like Jesus, then burn away.
How about you?
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Since we have a Kingdom nothing can destroy, let us please God by serving him with thankful hearts and with holy fear and awe. For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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