Don't Get Burned


I’ve been thinking a lot about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Just when they though their suffering was at its peak, they were thrown into a fiery furnish but to their astonishment, they were not burned. What kept them from being burned? The Lord’s presence. What kept them from frantically losing their mind and endless worries? The Lord’s presence.

Recently, I feel as though I’ve been tossed into the refiner’s fire myself. There are days when I feel at the end of my rope. The Holy Spirit brings the words of Isaiah, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine…When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.” The only thing that keeps me from getting burned during these toasty times is the presence of the Lord.

At times the flames surround us, and we fear complete and total devastation. In these times, I tend to worry and think of every possible scenario. I begin planning out my next moves, based on all the possibilities. I am reminded of the past which at times threatens to strangle me. And then, gently the Spirit nudges me with these words, “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new…I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43).

The Sovereignty of God is what gives me hope for tomorrow – hope that today’s hurts are not in vain. They are preparations for the future. So, if you are going through your own time of suffering, draw near to God. Allow His presence to comfort you and give you peace so that you will not get burned. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego could have grumbled against the Lord for allowing such persecution when they were doing all they could to obey and follow God. They didn’t. They trusted in Him regardless of the outcome.  “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire…but even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up,”

Will you trust God regardless of the outcome?  Will I?

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Tears to Joy: Don't Get Burned

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Don't Get Burned


I’ve been thinking a lot about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Just when they though their suffering was at its peak, they were thrown into a fiery furnish but to their astonishment, they were not burned. What kept them from being burned? The Lord’s presence. What kept them from frantically losing their mind and endless worries? The Lord’s presence.

Recently, I feel as though I’ve been tossed into the refiner’s fire myself. There are days when I feel at the end of my rope. The Holy Spirit brings the words of Isaiah, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine…When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.” The only thing that keeps me from getting burned during these toasty times is the presence of the Lord.

At times the flames surround us, and we fear complete and total devastation. In these times, I tend to worry and think of every possible scenario. I begin planning out my next moves, based on all the possibilities. I am reminded of the past which at times threatens to strangle me. And then, gently the Spirit nudges me with these words, “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new…I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43).

The Sovereignty of God is what gives me hope for tomorrow – hope that today’s hurts are not in vain. They are preparations for the future. So, if you are going through your own time of suffering, draw near to God. Allow His presence to comfort you and give you peace so that you will not get burned. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego could have grumbled against the Lord for allowing such persecution when they were doing all they could to obey and follow God. They didn’t. They trusted in Him regardless of the outcome.  “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire…but even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up,”

Will you trust God regardless of the outcome?  Will I?

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1 Comments:

At May 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Its always encouraging for me to see all the examples of God's children who *although they face tough circumstances* they don't suffer in the way that you would expect. Shadrach and company - in the fire but not burned. Think about the 23rd Psalm "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death". We have so many people who believe that if you're a *good Christian* that you won't suffer. As someone who suffers routinely (lol) I take offense to that. I see these fires as a means of strengthening our testimony, edifying the body, reminding us of our need for Him. The "name it and claim it" perspective is so shallow. I don't want to suffer but I'm grateful to know Him the way that I do because of suffering! *hugs*

 

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