Fire consumes everything in its path. And so it is with the character of God.
When I place myself on the altar as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1), I am surrendering to the all consuming, cleansing, refining fire of Almighty God. Anything in me that is impure or unholy will be consumed; anything that is of self (self interest, self promotion, self glory, self indulgence) will be annhiliated. Because one look in His face, one sense of His glorious presence is a ramrod through my being that HE is the only One worthy of praise and honor!
His will is chief, sublime, supreme. The dross in me is consumed; the performance, the flesh’s desire to glory in itself — all these disappear with a glimpse of His glory and majesty. All my righteousness is as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)
Fire consumes. Fire also purifies. The Refiner’s fire comes and burns away any impurities and leaves pure gold – gold that shines only to point to Him, only to reveal His character.
Yes! Esh Oklah, El Kanna is supreme! He is worthy! And yet, perhaps even harder to comprehend – He is jealous for me. His love for me is jealous. He desires to be first and foremost in my mind, heart and devotion – because that intensity is the very same that He displays towards me! It boggles my mind!
He isn’t a consuming fire just because He is indeed worthy to be the only focus in my life. It’s more than that – He is so completely and utterly in love with me and invested in my life and my future that He desires my wholeness, desires my purity, desires that I be as consumed with Him as He is with me.
As a jealous, passionate lover would not tolerate anyone or anything else superceding my attention, so also my God wants that same level of devotion and affection and commitment from me.
And unlike human beings, there is no perverted motives, no selfish ambition involved – only pure, unadulterated, all-consuming love.
Other scriptures: 1 John 3:1; Zephaniah 3:17; Song of Songs 8:6; Isaiah 33:14-15