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Day 5 - Consuming Fire

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Hebrews 12:25-29

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken-that is, created things-so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Reflection

There is a big difference between the flame of a candle and the roaring flames of a forest fire.  We cannot stand near a raging fire, and even with sophisticated fire-fighting equipment, a consuming fire is often beyond human control.  God is not within our control either.  We cannot force Him to do anything for us, for God cannot be contained.  Yet, He is a God of compassion and He has saved us from sin, and He will save us from eternal death.

Our God is holy and His holiness opposes all that is sinful and evil in the world.  The Bible calls this utter opposition and rejection of sin and evil the wrath of God.  He will one day shake and destroy all that is not holy and according to His ways - everything that is worthless and sinful will be consumed by the fire of His wrath.  Only what is good, dedicated to God, and righteous will remain.  How can one stand in the midst of this?  It is only by the grace and salvation through Jesus Christ…and that is why we live in deep gratitude and reverent worship in all we do.

Response

Let’s thank the Lord deeply for His saving grace in our lives.  And let’s pray that we would have the right heart response before the almighty God who calls out to us and leads us away from sin and evil and into His grace. Let’s also pray that we would respond with obedience, reverence, and awe, being willing and ready to do His will as His servants.

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