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Worship in the Fire

Throughout the Bible, fire is used symbolically to represent many things. The following scriptures are examples of how fire is used to represent trials or tests:

Isaiah 48:10-See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Zechariah 13:9-This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”

1 Peter 1:6-8-In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

Isaiah 43:2-When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

When tested by fire, trials in life often serve two purposes. First, they refine us. God will often allow them to make us better, stronger, and perfected (mature). Fiery trials also make for a great purification process. When you are experiencing a test, it exposes the core of what you are made of, and who you really are deep within. It is necessary that we are refined and purified so that we are prepared to carry the weight of God’s glory in our lives. It would be unwise on God’s part to pour Himself into a vessel that is unclean, untrusted and untested.

Fire also symbolically represents the presence of God. Here are some passages we find in scripture:

Hebrews 12:28-29-Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Deuteronomy 4:24-For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Exodus 19:18-Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently.

Psalm 21:9-When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them.