“As fire eats stubble and dry grass goes up in smoke, their souls will atrophy, their achievements crumble into dust…” Isaiah 5:24 (The Message Bible)
Wild fires rage in areas where kindling is plentiful, such as on the floor of forests or diseased trees, on prairie ground where the wind fans the smallest blaze, and deserts with stubble of brittle native grass.
On our trip to Iowa, we drove through an area outside of Payson, Arizona, recently scarred by fire, and off in the distance, we could see smoke billowing where another fire burned out of control.
Some fires are caused by nature, such as when lightning strikes; others by humans—a cigarette butt flung out a car window, a campfire left unattended, and sadly, some are intentionally set.
Perhaps humans live as kindling to sin. It’s easy to walk away from responsibility, toss aside good behavior, and to let our lives go up in smoke by forgetting to honor God, his commandments, and all that he wants for us through Jesus Christ. Some non-believers rebuke God and “set a fire” to the souls of others, because misery likes company.
Dear God, when I feel the heat, it’s time for me to put out the fire of sin in my life. Amen.