“Our God is a consuming fire.”
By G.P. Avants
I have always been curious and a little scared to tackle this topic about God. In the Bible it refers to God in so many amazing attributes. He is a Father, A wonderful counselor, the great physician, Jesus the Savior, the Holy Spirit, etc. These are concepts we can basically wrap our basically around for the most part. But to refer to God as a consuming fire seems very…cold and detached, even a bit wild and dangerous. Maybe, just maybe it means just a little bit more than we have come to understand.
Okay, so let’s break down some attributes about fire as a place to start.
Fire is made up of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and the basic building blocks of life. Think about it. All of a creation came from the mind of God. Is it any wonder that He “fired” up life and God’s fiery fingerprints are all over the blueprints of life?
Fire consumes what is dead and in a blaze of glow transforms it. Even though there are blackened ruins, those embers seed the beginning of a fresh start. Some seed pods can only reproduce through the heat of a roaring flame. So you very well see life from death into a perpetual cycle of life.
Without fire there would be no life. At the core of everything from the sun, the Earth, and even our own bodies is the very passion of life. God put His Spirit as an enduring flame to keep us going even as the darkness tries so hard to extinguish it. Even from earth we can see the blackness of space lite by the ever-expanding lighted heavens.
Fire is never standing still. It is always moving and changing, yet it light, heat and energy is consistent. Some wonder if fire has a mind of its own. Firefighters have seen fires seem to turn course and speed for reasons all its own. When the early disciples saw the Holy Spirit it was a tongue of fire that split and rested on their heads. It wasn’t a random ethereal mess but an organized glory and power that these ordinary men needed to reach the world.
Seeing God as a fire that resides and surrounds us in some form or fashion can be hard to swallow. However, seeing fire as a friend and not a dangerous foe, is a place to start. It really is our choice to feed the fire, of the spirit God has put inside of us. We can fear the heat of that flame and try to extinguish it. Or we can see the beauty of the heat and light and let it shine out of us. We either are consumed by that flame inside or by the coldness without.