Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Been in Any Fires Lately?

     Around Easter time, we joke around about forgetting something in the oven until its burned to a crisp.  I have done that more than a few times already.  I just laughingly respond that its my "burnt offering" unto the Lord!  However, we all know how dangerous fire can be and how badly we can be burned both physically and spiritually.
     Today's scripture deals with the subject of fire.  Read Daniel 3:19-28.  I know we have all read this story before, but it bears repeating.
     King Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego because they would not bow down to worship his statue.  Since they defied him, he heated up the fire seven times hotter than before in the furnace where he would throw them.  He bound these men and had his soldiers send them into the flames.  The men who threw them in were even killed by the fire.  Now that's hot!  When the king looked in to see them, he saw four men walking about in the fiery furnace.  "Look! he answered, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."  When the king released these men, he was a believer that their God could deliver them.
     This story illustrates something very practical in our lives as well.  Who was with these three in the fire? Jesus.  Who will be with us in our fiery trials of life?  Jesus.  Were these men doing something wrong that they deserved to be burned?  No.  In fact, they were serving the Most High God and honoring Him...yet, God allowed them to go into the fiery furnace.
     Sometimes, in our lives, we face some pretty difficult circumstances, heartaches and trials.  But who is there with us through them all?  Jesus.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  Furthermore, just because we go through the fire does not mean that we are being punished...rather we often are being refined in our trust.
     When Nebuchadnezzar asked the three young men who will deliver them from this furnace, I love the answer given by them:  "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.  If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O King.  But if not, let it be known to you, O King, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."  I don't know about you but that gives me goosebumps just reading this reply.  What faith in these men!  May our faith be as strong and determined.
     So today, and as we approach Easter, if you are facing any trials, remember that Jesus is there beside you all the way.  If you belong to Him, you are in good hands and He is able to deliver you!  Selah!

Has God delivered you from any trials?  I welcome your thoughts and comments.  They encourage me and others!


Anonymous said...

I just love this account Barbara. It's a good thing we can't see into the future at some of the severe testings we go through. I'm so glad it is God who keeps us during fiery trials and will sustain us no matter how high the heat is turned up.

Have a blessed day.

(Oh, and I love your burnt toast. I burn the broccoli at least once a week. haha)

Barbara Thayer said...

LOL Diane! I am glad I am not the only one who burns the food from time to time! I have even set off the smoke detector from time to time! But yes, I am thankful that God walks with us through the fiery trials of life. That is my comfort, my strength and my hope. Thank you for stopping by and offering your thoughts. Blessings my friend!