I sometimes quote lyrics to Third Day songs to impart important concepts to those who don’t yet understand God. I joke, “This is from the Gospel of Move, Chapter: Surrender.” I like to do this because their lyrics bring home the concepts of the Bible to our everyday lives. But what is really great about some of the lyrics is that they actually came from the Good Book—word for word. Like when they describe God as a “Consuming Fire.”
In context, the verse reads like this: “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. (Hebrews 12:28-29, NIV). This verse references the one in Deuteronomy 4:24 (NIV): “For the Lord, your God, is a consuming fire, a jealous god.”
These verses remind me of the line in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, where the children ask Mr. Beaver if Aslan (the Jesus figure) is safe. Mr. Beaver answers something like this: Safe? Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Of course he isn't safe... but... he's GOOD.
That’s our God, the consuming fire. A fire that has the capacity to end our existence, reducing us to ash, and yet He prefers to consume us in His love, His grace. To fill us and surround us with His being, making us complete.
This fire can also refine us like a precious metal (Malachai 3:1-18), purifying and polishing us until we shine.
So why is this a favorite of Robyn C’s (see her Gomer Testimony on the previous post)? Because it speaks of the contrast of the two lives she’s lived: a yesterday when she felt alone, and a today when He consumes her life, fills it with love and grace and makes her whole.
That’s our God!
Robyn C’s Journey to God—A Gomer Testimony
The Gomer Testimonies
Adopted Children of God