God's Consuming Fire Finds us in the Difficult Places

The evening sky burned with the fiery orange of a setting sun like God’s consuming fire melting away the day. Colors were intense. Brilliant. Ablaze. It was difficult to look away as this majestic sight drew me into its glory.

The Sight of the Glory of the Lord was Like a Consuming Fire

I thought about the Lord … and His abiding presence.

In Scripture He is often referred to as a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29); His glory is also described as such:

“The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.” ~ Exodus 24:17

God's consuming fire

As I considered this concept, the day’s activities wandered through my mind: its joys, its sorrows; its burdens, and its peace. I thought about God’s Presence through it all — especially in the difficult places. He was there. In the mundane, and the dramatic, in the crisis, and in the activity of an ordinary day.

His presence is with me always.

I thought about His goodness, and His faithfulness — His mercies that are new every morning. And I thanked Him for being with me as I offered up a sacrifice of praise.

Now at the end of this difficult day, I witnessed His glory, what reminded me of God’s consuming fire overhead. I knew in my heart He accepted my offering of thanksgiving and praise — His consuming fire setting the evening sky ablaze.

God's consuming fire finds us in the difficult places.

The sweet presence of His Spirit surrounded me in the gentle breeze that began to blow. I felt the touch of His love upon my heart, the strength of His joy deep within.

I sat and watched as the blaze of His fire dipped below the mountain ridge. The fiery orange and amber glow began to mellow, blending into a deep navy blue which quickly became an inky black.

The Peace of God Allows Me to Say, “All is Well”

At day’s end, a peace settled over me and I knew in my knower, “It is well with my soul.” God’s consuming fire had received my sacrifice of praise and His favor was upon me.



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