I don't know about you, but I enjoy a good fireworks display. I look forward to 5th November when our family wraps up warm to attend a local Bonfire Night event. I especially like the fireworks that make a big BANG that echoes round the countryside.
It is interesting to reflect on the contrast between a bonfire and fireworks. However expensive and attention-grabbing fireworks may be, they only last for seconds. But a good bonfire will blaze for hours. Life is something like a fireworks display. Events suddenly grab our attention. England wins the Ashes. Cricket is the topic of conversation. But the cricket "firework" soon fizzles out and something else comes along. Who will be the next leader of the Conservative party? What about the latest celebrity gossip? Our media-driven age keeps on sending up the fireworks and we stand and watch and wait for the next big, glittery story.
Meanwhile the bonfire burns on in the background, almost unnoticed. God is often described as a fire in the Bible. "The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire." (Exodus 24:17.) He is represented by fire because he is pure and holy. He is light and in him is no darkness at all. God is eternal. He keeps on burning as the dazzling fireworks of this world light up the sky only to come to nothing. This God of fiery perfection sent His Son Jesus Christ into our world. Jesus died and rose again for sinners like you and me so that we might come to know this God whose glory is like a consuming fire. Do not be distracted by this world's "fireworks", but gaze at the fire of God revealed in the face of Jesus Christ.