A Consuming Fire

November 18th, 2011 - Written by Chase Sutton


Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. - Deuteronomy 4:23-24 (NIV)

In a pitch black forest, lit only by the moon, a moth flutters towards a lit candle on a cabin's porch. Its attraction to it seems almost magnetic for reason's unknown, except by God. The warm flame of the candle flickers as the moth's dust coated wings create a small breeze because of their constant fluttering. As the candle's flame flickers, it seems as if the moth's flight pattern becomes wilder and wilder, and then all of a sudden the flame gets bigger and then a huge puff off smoke goes up into the air. The fire consumes the moth.


In the Wikipedia,there is a hypothesis mentioned, which says moths are attracted to light because the insect uses a technique of celestial navigation called transverse orientation. This hypothesis says moths maintain a constant angular relationship to a bright celestial light, like the Moon, which allows them to fly in a straight line. Since the Moon and other types of celestial light are far away and are always on the horizon, if a moth were to travel a long distance, the change in angle between it and the light source, would be minimal. Yet, when a moth comes upon a much closer synthetic light source and thus uses it for navigation, the angle noticeably changes, because synthetic sources of light are often below the horizon. So, instinctively the moth attempts to correct itself by turning toward the light, which causes fluttering moths to nose-dive, which results in a spiraling fluttering frenzy as it gets closer and closer to the light source.


Just as moths, we as Christians use a light source for spiritual navigation called the narrow path. The narrow path is a lit path from God, which will never allow us to get lost in this journey called life. However, there is a counterfeit light source, used to attract Christians and steer them from the covenant they made with the Lord. This light source is the devil's artificial light, which brings confusion and dismay. When we are out of God's covenant our natural instinct is to try to correct our own steps first and then ask God later, which leads us further away from the narrow path. Yet, because this covenant is under grace and not the law, and because God knows we are imperfect, He continues to keep His promise with us even when we break our part of the agreement. Nevertheless, there is a problem when we begin to take advantage of the Lord's grace and continuously follow the enemies light source, in this case, the Lord may not actually consume us with fire, but He will allow some things to happen that are a consequence to our actions. In addition, if we do not learn our lessons from the consequences we may end up burning forever in eternity.



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