Today’s Scripture: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2
When the pioneers were settling our country and were crossing the great expanse of the west, the wagon trains would snake through the vast prairies. One such wagon train had just crossed a large river. As they were plodding along with the oxen pulling their wagons, they noticed an ominous line of smoke across the horizon.
As they drew a little closer, they noticed flames as far as the eye could see. It was a prairie fire that was sweeping toward them. They knew their long train of settlers would never make it back across the river in time and that this fire could easily kill them all.
In the midst of the panicked confusion, one of the leaders suggested that they set the prairie on fire behind them. That new fire charred the ground while they turned the whole wagon train around. Just in time, they made it into the freshly burnt area. As the fire wall neared them, one little girl cried out in terror, “Are you sure that we are going to be okay?”
The leader replied, “Yes, the area that has already been burnt will not catch fire again.”
As frightening as that prairie fire must have been, there is an all-consuming fire coming that is unequaled—the fire of God’s judgment and the destruction of this sin cursed earth. As believers, when we read Revelation, it may make us feel a little uneasy. There is already a lot of fear in this world today, but we have a message of saving grace to share. By placing our trust in Christ for salvation, we stand in the area that has already been burned and cannot be burned again by the judgment that is to come. Rather than fear, let us read Revelation and resolve to help those who are not protected from the impending flames. We have a safe place to lead them that has already been covered by Christ’s righteous sacrifice.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.