We have been experiencing record temperatures throughout the country for the past week or so. Here in Colorado, the heat wave in combination with strong winds have caused wild fires to spread quickly.
Fortunately, the wild fires in Colorado are being contained. But there are wild fires across the western states that are continuing to be an issue. For the men and women fighting these battles we are thankful and continue to pray for their safety.
Several years ago I wrote a novel inspired by the Four Mile Canyon Fire. It is an inspirational romance novel and my first attempt at fictional writing. I debated the traditional publishing verses the electronic publishing and in the end, I decided to use Smashwords to publish my first novel, Fire in Pleasant Canyon.[i]
My intention here is not to promote my book. However, I have made the commitment to donate $1 of each book sold to the Red Cross to aid the fire victims of Colorado.
It’s interesting that God’s presence is mentioned in Scripture to be like a consuming fire. Exodus 24:17 (NIV) says, “To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.” They weren’t certain of what was happening on the mountain between Moses and God, but they were certain that it frightened them.
In Deuteronomy 9:3 (NIV) we see the Israelites preparing to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. God assured them with these words. “Be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.”
Fire can be consuming and devouring. Colorado has seen that first hand. But these passages draw on fire’s properties to show God’s power in our world and lives. He is active and moving. And if God goes before us, we will be victorious!
The writer of Hebrews shares the same thought in chapter 12, verses 28-29 (NIV). “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”
Because of God’s power, we know His kingdom cannot be disturbed by earthly forces. God is greater. God is more powerful. God is supreme. We have no other choice but to worship Him with reverence and awe.
Colorado will be experiencing some relief in the next few days. Our temperatures will begin to drop and rain is in our forecast. We are praying that the monsoon season will relieve our drought conditions. Please join me in praying for those across the United States and the world who have been affected by the elements in this world.
And remember, God’s Kingdom cannot be shaken!
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,