What Fire Cannot Consume

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.” Matthew 24:35; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:89

In the fourth year of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his evil way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.’ Then, in the hearing of all the people, Baruch read the words of Jeremiah from the scroll, in the house of the Lord.” Jeremiah 36:1-3,10,

Wild fires devour hundreds of acres of trees, foliage, and communities, house fires destroy homes, but they cannot remove the love people within them have for one another, or the indomitable truth that life will go on. The scrolls Jeremiah dictated to Baruch were burned in King Jehoiakim’s fire pot, but the fire could not destroy the truth of God’s word they contained. After the people had heard Jeremiah’s message, the officials listened to them, and feared, and told the king. But when the scrolls were read to the king, every few columns, not liking their message, he cut a piece of the scroll and threw into his fire, unrepentant and not afraid. He wanted to seize the prophet and his scribe, to squelch and ignore the Lord’s pronouncement of judgment, but the truth of the proclamation remained. He would be held accountable.

God of Truth, as the wildfires of wantonness and rebellion rage against Your truth, make me bold to live and proclaim it. When many messages are broadcast, opinions are repeated and information flows incessantly, keep me stayed on Your word. Thank You that no matter the inclination to destroy or distort, Your word stands forever.

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