Trials

Our trials are like the furnace faced by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel. We feel trapped by the circumstance. We can't see a way out and pray that we will not have to endure the fire. We declare in faith that our God is able to save us, and yet we know He may not. We yield to His sovereign will even as we pray for a miracle, which seems like a long shot. Will He save us? We hope the crisis is averted, but suddenly we are being dragged by the enemy, towards the hot, fiery pit without any recourse. There's nothing we can do to stop the calamity. An agony we didn't know we could feel... overtakes us. Where is God we wonder? It's so brutal even the soldiers who carry out the damning orders… die of heat exhaustion. Everything in the wake of this disaster is lost. Barely knowing how we got here, we are engulfed in a blaze at a temperature that melts iron. Our prayers are so desperate we don’t recognize our own voice. “Father, will you save us or will we be destroyed?” The flames consume everything in their path…everything...but us ... A strange and astonishing awareness begins to unfold. There is someone else in the fire. His arms are strong and His face bears the comfort of One Who knows, all is well. Have you ever danced in the fire and did you ever imagine you could? Count it all joy. Who knew that there is an intimacy with Jesus that is only experienced in the inferno of affliction? Does He preserve His closest, most cherished encounters for those whom He trusts to endure the scorching flames? Suddenly, there is a courage that grips our soul; a hope in the dream that we had previously had no evidence of seeing actualize. “We may survive this nightmare”, we ruminate. As quickly as it all began, we are escorted from the fire in a march of commemoration to the God Who never forsook us though we worried He would. It is finished. He is the God Who is seen most closely by those who have lost all security in earthly treasures. When Jesus is all of you've got, He is all you need. The fire ends and we remain. Daniel 3:27 (AMP) "And the satraps, the deputies, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered around together and saw these men—that the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed; neither were their garments scorched or changed in color or condition, nor had even the smell of smoke clung to them." When our trial is over, there will be no evidence of the anguish; no sign or scar of the pain and no smell of the smoke. When this is over, your victory will be astounding and used to the glory of God alone. Trust Him.

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