The God that Moses met in the desert is the same God we can know today. At His heart, He is an untameable, all-consuming fire.
SOUL ON FIRE
God, I’m running for Your heart
I’m running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire
READ EXODUS 3:1-5
In Exodus 3, we find Moses in a desperate place. He had killed a man and fled Egypt, and the former grandson of Pharaoh was living a humble life as an outcast. As he tended his father-in-law’s flocks, he came across a most curious sight - a bush filled with a fire that would not go out.
God could have revealed himself to Moses in any number of ways, yet he presented himself as an unquenchable fire. This fire theme appears time and time again throughout the Scriptures, whether it be a pillar of fire piercing the night sky and leading the Israelites through the desert, or the fiery furnace into which three Hebrew children were cast and came out unscathed. Ezekiel was forever changed by a vision of a fire in the sky. Later, God is described as a “consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29),” inspiring one of THIRD DAY’s earliest songs.
The God that Moses met in the desert is the same as the God we can know today. At his heart he is an untameable, all-consuming fire. Just like Moses, our early faith experiences can involve a fiery encounter, and we can come away, as John Wesley said, with our hearts “strangely warmed.” We have ‘souls on fire.’
Help me run towards your heart with all that I have. Help me experience what it means to be consumed by you, and to have a heart that is fiery and passionate for the things of God.