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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Turning Toward the Flame

By Micky Wolf     

There is something about flame and fire which draws our attention. Whether the flickering candle or the crackling bonfire, we can find ourselves staring into the reds, golds, and yellows that dance before our eyes.

Our attraction—and need—for fire has its roots in the days when we first roamed this earth. Being able to rub a couple sticks together or perhaps using flint could mean the difference between eating or not, surviving the cold or freezing to death.

On the other hand, flame and fire have significant meaning for Christians. The Bible makes nearly 40 specific references to this topic.

Let us consider these.

Exodus 3:2...There the angel of the Lord appeared to to him (Moses) as fire flaming out of a bush. When he looked, although the bush was on fire, it was not being consumed.

God speaks—through fire.

Psalm 104:4…You make the winds your messengers; flaming fire, your ministers. (Also Hebrews 1:7)
God speaks—through fire.
Isaiah 29:6…you shall be visited by the Lord of hosts, with thunder, earthquake, and great noise, whirlwind, storm, and the flame of consuming fire.
God purifies—through fire.
Isaiah 43:2…When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you.
God saves—through fire.
Isaiah 50:11… All you who kindle flames and set flares alight, walk by the light of your own fire and by the flares you have burnt! This is your fate from my hand: you shall lie down in a place of torment.
God alone—is to create fire.
Wisdom 10:17… she gave the holy ones the reward of their labors; conducted them by a wondrous road, became a shelter for them by day a starry flame by night.
God enlightens—through fire.
Revelation 1:14...The hair of his (Lord) head was as white as white wool or as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame.

God sees—as fire.

Whether in a metaphorical or literal context, God chooses to work good in His creation of fire. Upon reflecting on what He has to say to us through Scripture, maybe what it boils down to in the end is realizing we are drawn to the flame because it has always been about His desire—to spread the fire of Divine Love and Truth abroad in your heart and mine.

Look into the flame…what is God speaking to you today?


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