Zech. 2:5 And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”
You want to hear another one of my reforestation stories? Well this one might just take the cake. It happened to be the night after our last day on that job, we had worked for twelve hours in the mountains and were eating dinner around the camp fire when the rangers came and drafted us into a forest fire fighting crew. We spent the next twelve hours fighting a forest fire. There were times that night where we were surrounded by fire. That event always reminded of today’s verse. We are surrounded by the fire of God. There is nothing that can penetrate God’s fire, we are literally surrounded and consumed by His love. Check out Matthew Henry’s thoughts on this verse.
“He is a wall of fire, not on one side only, but round about on every side. It shall be great, for God himself will be the glory in the midst of it. His temple, his altar, shall be set up and attended there, and his institutions observed, and there then shall the tokens of his special presence and favour be, which will be the glory in the midst of them, will make them truly admirable in the eyes of all about them. God will have honour from them, and put honour upon them. Note, Those that have God for their God have him for their glory; those that have him in the midst of them have glory in the midst of them, and thence the church is said to be all glorious within. And those persons and places that have God to be the glory in the midst of them have him for a wall of fire round about them, for upon all that glory there is, and shall be, a defence, Isa. iv. 5.”
Even though we were extremely tired that night (I remember falling asleep standing up leaning on my shovel), I don’t remember any fear. In the midst of that fiery mountain forest we knew we were protected by another fire, we always are. Regardless of what kind of battle you are facing there is a peace in our soul as we trust in our God. After all, our God is a consuming fire.