Hebrews 12:26-29- “And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”
Consuming Fire

I recently got a new Third Day CD. I was listening to their song “Consuming Fire” and instantly, these colors popped in my head!

You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Es-ZYUU6zc

I love the footnotes in my Bible.  I’m going to quote them here regarding these verses.

“Evetually the world will crumble, adn only God’s kingdom will last.  Those who follow Christ are part of this unshakable kingdom, and they will withstand the skaking, sifting, adnburning.  WHen we feel unsure about eh future, we can take confidence from thse verses. No matter what happens here, oru future is built on a solid foundation that cannot be destroyed.  Dno’t put you conficence in what weill be destroyed; instead, build your life on Christ and his unshakable kingdom.”

“There is a big difference between the flame of a candle and the roaring blast of a forest fire.  We cannot even stand near a raging fire.  Even with sophisticated fire-fighting equipment, a consuming fire is often beyond human control. God is not within our control either. we cannot force him to do anything for us through our prayers.  He cannot be contained.  Yet, he is a God of compassion.  He has saved us from sin, and he will save us from death. But everything that is worthless and sinful will be consumed by the fire of his wrath. Only what is good, dedicated to God, and righteous will remain.”

Often as I read the Old Testament, I’m reminded about the true character of God. God is a holy God, and justice is his. Vengeance is his. And anything unholy cannot be in his presence. So in the Old Testament, if God encountered the unholy, he consumed with fire or struck dead on the spot.   I am so glad for the gift of our Saviour.  Because of Jesus’s sacrifice, I can come to God and be acceptable to him, without the risk of immediate death.  But I think so many have preached on the love and mercy and compassion of God, that they’ve forgotten about his holiness.  They no longer fear him, and reverence him.  This scripture says that as a gratitude for the gift of eternal life, we should serve him with reverence and awe.  Do you have a healthy “awe” for the Lord?