Today we live in a culture that focuses on one aspect of God: His Love. While there is nothing greater than the love of God; often we forget other aspects of His character. One of those is how our God is a consuming fire. We see an example of this when Elijah confronts the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. The challenge was which ever persons God consumed the alter first would be the supreme God of the land. The prophets of Baal did everything they could to get Baal’s attention to no avail. Then it was Elijah’s turn.
And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench – I Kings 18:36-38
This is example of God’s consuming fire in action. Today, we are to ask God to consume our hearts and change us. The tool that He uses to change us is His Word.
The words of the LORD are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times. Psalm 12:6
Not only does His Word change us, but His Word is also pure. His Word changes us to be more like Him in order for us to be a sacrifice to Him. Sacrifical living is living for God. When we live for God; He then consumes us, drawing us closer to Him.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29