…because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 2 Timothy 1:12
Some times “fires” can just not be avoided, like this morning… my six kids gathered in the kitchen for breakfast and everyone thought this might be a good day to spill their cereal in multiple locations and then someone thought they would swallow wrong and gag up their entire bowl! Then there are the “fires” that come in the form of a diagnosis that stops your heart and grips your lungs. As much as I might like the illusion of control, in the end it is just that, an illusion.
Read Exodus 3:1-4. Moses first notices the bush on fire and doesn’t try and run in fear to the nearest well in order to gather enough water to put it out, he doesn’t walk the other way ignoring what he saw, with an outta sight outta mind mentality. No, he thinks, “I will go over and see..”! (Personally I would have been running for the well!) Moses however hears God call his name from with in the fire not BEFORE but AFTER Moses starts toward it!! Then later in verses 13-14 God tells Moses His name is I AM! Good thing too because Moses had no idea what was ahead and what to expect so he would not have even have known to ask, “God are you good at parting waters because I might need that around the Red Sea?” No! Moses had to trust I AM. That God would be all the He is in all that Moses would need!
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
Do I perceive Him, trust I AM like that in my own life? Or am I too busy fearing the fire that I’m missing who He wants to be to me IN the fire!
When the “fires” of life get too smoky my dad always said, “Just go back to what you know.”
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn – Isaiah 51:1
You are from the One who is able. You are a child of I AM.
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thess. 4:14
No matter what I face I must stop looking for my destination through the smoke. I must look at my “fire” with the back drop of the cross and the Resurrection and realize He is my destination. He is good. He died to make sure I had eternal life with Him in His kingdom, my life does not end here in any fire because He rose again and conquered death!!
Maybe your “fire” is heated 7x hotter like with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego yet God was still with them in it and He is faithful not to leave us. The promise He made was that He would never forsake us, it wasn’t that He would always fix us/it this side of heaven. When those boys came out they didn’t even smell like smoke! I guarantee there is no smoke smell in heaven, praise God! He has a plan and ways much higher than mine and I can guarantee it’s more beautiful then I could ever have wanted.
But standing firm can feel exhausting in a “fire” and maybe we have been just trying and trying to hold onto faith, and maybe you want to say you just can’t anymore. I think that’s when we need to realize it was never us to begin with. He calls the heart to faith it’s a gift. When I feel my strength to hold on waning I can pray that He do what only He can do and pursue and persuade my heart to greater trust and greater faith in Him who is faithful, then to pray for eyes, ears and a heart willing to perceive and surrender to His will and way that is always best.
Jesus this day enrapture my heart until I’m breathless with joy, filled with all the fullness of I AM with ever increasing trust and faith in the One who is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him no matter how hot or fierce the fire.
Fear God not the “fire”.
Independent read: Philippians 1:20-21