I love a fire. I’m always amazed at the way the it starts small and soon grows to a roaring fire. Always a cool experience to sit around a fire and just talk with friends and family. Maybe cook something or make s’mores.
At a summer camp as a young teenager, I dove at full speed through a Bonfire. I thought it would be cool and I thought I was indestructible at that age. I remember it was really loud and then I hit the dirt rolled and popped up, unhurt. But I did detect a funny smell. I had burned my hair gray. Fortunately I had a lot of hair in those days. So after a trim, I was back to my normal color. I had more respect for fire after that brief encounter.
Worship should be more like that. Should we come boldly to God’s throne……certainly. But we should also worship God with reverence and awe. Paul writes words of instruction as to how we should worship in Hebrews 12:28-29.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Worship of God is not to be careless. We don’t want to handle holy things casually. I am still in wonder that the Creator of the universe knows my name. He is an awesome God. He is all powerful and is a great mystery. And like a roaring fire, He has my attention and respect. When God is in the house, it’s never boring.