Like Fire

          According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on the internet, “nuclear fission is a nuclear reaction in which the nucleus of an atom splits into smaller parts, often producing free neutrons and photos in the form of gamma rays, and releasing a tremendous amount of energy.” Think of that, a piece of matter so small that it cannot be seen by the naked eye, yet if split apart, enough energy is released to level the landscapes of cities all around. The atom, then, is a package we don’t open haphazardly. We respect that energy and pay close attention to what it can do.

          The prophet Jeremiah says of God’s word that it was “in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not” Jeremiah 20:9 (NKJ). There was so much power in the messages God had given the prophet, they were burning him up as he held them inside. Once released—split open like the atom—that Word went everywhere, its power enough to level the landscape of sinners’ hearts.

          God’s Word is indeed like fire, able to change everything in its path. Those called to preach and teach must let the messages out, respecting the power of the Word so it’s delivered with clarity and compassion. That delivery harnesses and directs the power so that it’s received as from a nuclear power plant rather than from an atomic blast. 


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 5, 2011.

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