Saturday, November 13, 2010

Is Your Heart on Fire for God Like the Burning Bush?

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight — why the bush does not burn up.” (Exodus 3:1-3)

          When Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock, heading out to the far side of the desert, he was pleasantly surprised by the incredible sight he’d never seen before and would never see again: a burning bush.
          As the fall season peaks, I, too, am pleasantly surprised by the gorgeous, fiery red leaves of the burning bush shrubs that illuminate my neighborhood and the nearby shopping centers. Did you know that the burning bush (Euonymus alata “compactus”) is one of the great beauties of the autumn season, distinguished by its vibrant scarlet foliage and small red-orange fruit? (Source:  Some burning bush shrubs can grow six to 10 feet; others as tall as 15 feet or more. Their 1- to 3-inch long leaves help radiate their vibrant color, setting them apart from all other plants and trees.

          When I think about the flames of fire emanating from the burning bush Moses saw at the mountain of God and the fiery red color of the burning bush shrubs of the fall season, two poignant questions come to mind: As children of God, are our hearts on fire for the Lord? Are we serving Him with fervor — with zeal?
          The Lord says we’re not to lack in zeal but keep our spiritual fervor, serving Him (Romans 12:11).  Remember Jesus’ disciples who were walking on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection? They had followed Jesus during his three-year ministry, listened to him preach the gospel, and witnessed his incredible miracles. But they still doubted who Jesus was and why he came, as the Lord discerned while speaking with them about the events that led to his crucifixion and resurrection and about the scriptures concerning himself. Only after Jesus disappeared from their sight at the dinner table did the disciples realize who He was and that everything He said about himself was true. “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)

          Do our hearts burn within us when we hear, read, and live out the scriptures in our everyday lives? If not, they should. Jesus wants us hot, not cold (Revelation 3:15). If our hearts are on fire for the Lord, that is wonderful. If it used to be on fire, and we notice the fire is slowly but surely going out, don’t worry. We can rekindle that fire by asking God to fan the flames through individual and group bible study and prayer, staying connected with other believers in a small group, and serving those in need in your community.  
          Remember, the Lord loves you. Seek Him first in all you do, and soon your heart will warm up and be on fire to serve Him and others around you. And you will be blessed.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please keep our hearts warm toward you. Set our hearts ablaze so we can serve you with passion, and share your love and compassion with others. In Jesus’ name, amen! 


  1. Amen. Your timing is wonderful. I am so in need of this particular encouragement. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Amen! Thank you for what you've written here. The more I read about our hearts being on fire for God, the more on fire my heart becomes. :-)

  3. Hi Judy,

    This is such a timely post. I try to imagine what it must have felt like to walk along with Jesus, to listen to Him open up the revelation of scripture and to have Him sit and eat with me; I sense the jubilation these disciples must have experienced.

    You ask, "Do our hearts burn within us when we hear, read, and live out the scriptures in our everyday lives?" -- If there isn't a passionate fire and fervor for Christ, then we need it to be re-kindled. That's what your post encourages all of us (who call Jesus Lord) to do.

    Blessings and peace.


  4. This is a timely word. Quite often, I have seen Christians come to the Lord, full of fire and passion for Him, perhaps due to the newness of it all. But with time, many lose that passion. The truth is, we can't keep the fire burning if we are not investing in keeping it. That is, no fire can sustain itself unless you continue to "fuel" it.

  5. Oh Judy, I am almost too embarrassed to write this. I have a little couch in my living room (which is my 'prayer room') and I sit on it facing a window. Outside of the window is a large burning bush. Until I read your post today, I never really put it together - the color of the bush and Moses. How silly I am! Thank you...especially because in a couple of hours I am teaching the Moses story to about 150 first-third graders. Sometimes the most obvious are hidden....great timing! Thanks again Judy.

  6. Judy,
    It is very inspiring post.and your words are so impressive and effective.

  7. Hi Judith-

    Are you back with a vengeance or what?!

    This is a charged piece. Yes indeed, we need to keep our lights burning - not dim - but fervent - explosive in the love, power, and anointing of our incomparable Lord!

    I love that scripture from Luke 24!

    Thank you, Judith, for this rich fired up piece.

  8. Thank you for adding more inspiration to my Sabbath! And I love the scriptures you have posted as well. Be still and know that I am God is one of my favorites.

  9. Oh boy, Judy - you've got me all fired up and burning with passion! We cannot afford to be lukewarm anymore. The days are short, and God's message must blaze out into a dark and empty world!

    Thanks for this inspiring message!


  10. Judy, I took a walk on Tuesday and took my camera. There were a lot of neat images due to the leaves changing color. Thanks for the inspiration.
    God bless you and your writing.

  11. Hi Judy,
    My heart is on fire like a burning bush, at least I hope that is what God sees as well. Our God is a consuming fire and often I feel that I can't contain myself.

    I see two kinds of burning bushes, the one aflamed with such bright beauty that it makes one gaze with wonder and the other of consuming passion which propels one to untiring, loving service. As Paul says, "His love compels me..."

    Thank you for your photos and message.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...