And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2 ESV)
When the LORD God appeared to Moses, he came in a flame of fire. Fire is a fitting image for our almighty God whose immense power can consume entire armies, reduce city walls to rubble, and black out the noonday light of the sun. Yet, though our God is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29), he is a fire that burns eternally without consuming its fuel source. God’s power appears in the bush, yet was not dependent on the bush at all! In fact, the God who is independent of the bush is the one who preserves the bush by the word of his power.
What a marvelous picture this is of our God who is without comparison in this world! He is completely free to exercise his power, yet he is never limited in his power. He is the God who gives life and breath to every living thing, yet he is not served by human hands as though he needed anything (Acts 17:25). God’s holy presence should have consumed the sinful children of Israel, yet instead he chose to tabernacle with them in the wilderness and sustained them for forty years.
What an encouragement this is for us as believer! The great “I AM” is the self-existent one who depends on nothing for his own sustenance! And because his own resources are unlimited, only he can be trusted to perfectly supply the needs of poor, finite creatures like us—creatures who cannot look to ourselves for help, but only to our Creator. How comforting it is, Christian, to know that though the God we serve is a consuming fire, he does not consume us! The Holy Spirit who burns within us does not depend on us for fuel, but rather fuels us in the midst of our darkest trials!
Christian are you awed by the fact that your God needs nothing from you and yet freely offers to you everything that you need? Do you realize that the heavenly storehouses will always be full of grace, mercy, and material provisions because their source is an infinite God? Never fear that any cheques that we attempt to deposit through prayer at God’s heavenly bank will bounce, for our accounts with him have no limit whatsoever. In our hour of greatest need, let us boldly come before the throne of grace, dressed in the righteousness of Christ, and ask according to his will, expecting to receive!
And as we rise each day, we should marvel at our ordinary reflection in the mirror. Let us marvel at the fact that though the fire of the almighty God lives inside of us, our flesh is not consumed. Let us give praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose blood alone can cover the heavenly mercy seat. And let us bow before our God who did not chose to scourge us with his presence, but to save us with his Son.