One of my favorite things about Autumn is the chance to have a roaring bonfire. I love to watch the flames flicker and change, see the sparks fly and feel the warmth that it gives. And let’s not forget the s’mores!
As I was thinking about all those times we’ve had bonfires I got to thinking about life. How it’s not always in the good times that we grow. Usually we learn the most when we are tested, when we go through trials.
“that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~1 Peter 1:7
See, just as gold is made finer through fire, so are we. The things that we go through teach us more about ourselves and the steady, true, and deep love of Christ.
“The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
The Bible is 100% truth. He always keeps His word (Deuteronomy 7:9). One of the things that He promises us time and time again is that He is with us and that He never leaves us–even in the fire.
The book of Daniel tells us about a man named Daniel and two of his friends. King Nebuchadnezzar had created a golden image. He then commanded the people that when they hear the music they were to worship the golden image that had been created. Whoever chose to disobey the command would be thrown into a fiery furnace, (Daniel 3:1-7).
Daniel and his friends (known also as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego) chose not to bow down and worship the king’s idols. Once the king was informed he warned them that if they didn’t bow down when they heard the music they would be thrown into the fiery furnace. Daniel and his friends responded in faith saying that “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 image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18).
The king was angry with the men and commanded that the fire be made 700 times hotter than normal (Daniel 7:19). The men were then bound in their clothing and thrown into the fire. The fire was so hot it actually killed the men who took Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to the fire (Daniel 3:23).
Once they were in the fire King Nebuchadnezzar noticed that the men were no longer bound and that there was a fourth man walking with them in “the form of the fourth is the the Son of God” (Daniel 3:25). The men survived that day and it was later decreed that no one say anything amiss about their God, (Daniel 3:29).
God didn’t abandon His children when they were thrown into the fire and He won’t abandon you! He goes with you and never leaves you. He is there in the hard things of life and the joyous times too. Trust that whatever you are going through God will use for good (Genesis 50:20). Hold on tight to His hand and let Him finish the work that He has started in you (Philippians 1:6).
Until next time,