Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy (1 Peter 4:12-13).
I have always told my family that there are two ways that I do not want to die: one is that I shiver at the thought of drowning, with my lungs being filled with water and not being able to breathe , NOOO! The other way is that I do NOT want to die in a fire; it’s just unfathomable to me, and even when I see the news about a home being on fire with people left in it, my heart weeps for them. It seems such a tragic way to pass! Yet many times we as believers are walking through fire without the flames; the heat of our trial becomes so hot that we feel that we are suffocating, can’t breathe and feel that we may not survive. We have all heard the term “trial by fire”, and it is usually applied to initiations, new employment or some other carnal ceremony or ritual. What about Godly trials? Do you have what it takes to survive them?
Just a little while ago I was listening to a song that had me praising God, and before I got two minutes into it I received bad news on two sides; one came in the mail and the other via the doorbell, and it happened in rapid succession! My trial had begun. After I got a chance to catch my breath for a second, I can be completely honest and say that I began to cry, and I could hardly catch my breath. When my son asked me what was wrong, I told him that I can usually be the strong one, take things to God in prayer and leave it, yet in that moment I allowed the fire to consume me. I told him that it was one thing on top of the next thing on top of another thing, and that I felt that it was more than I could bear. Then I laughed through my tears and remembered that Jesus’ burden was much heavier, as He carried the whole world on His shoulders. When my son asked me how he could help, I laughed again and told him, “only God can help me right now son, thanks”.
This isn’t a long blog, but a short testimony. See, Satan always tries to mimic God and through those trials today he attempted to send a false (or easy) way of escape. I recognized it for what it was though and rejected it, just as the Hebrew boys refused to fall down and worship that false god, I will have no other gods before mine. Right now I see that the enemy has turned up the heat of my furnace seven times hotter than it has been, and has tried to bind me up within it…however, when I look around I see my Savior is in here with me, my heart is glad. When all of the stuff mentioned above was happening, I was sharing with a Sister in Christ the song, “I won’t complain”, and boy did the Lord try me lol. As the scripture above states, it is not some strange thing, this fiery trial, but what happens when you put total faith in the Lord is that you come out of it as pure gold. As much as it hurts, I really do not like for my kids to see me cry, as I am perceived by them as “the strong one”, but I realize that it is a spirit of pride. They need to see me weakened, that way they know that it is Jesus who gives me strength in trying times, not myself.
Job stated, Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold (23:8-10).
I know that no matter the station or the situation that Jesus is always there, holding my hand, comforting me and that there is no situation that is not working for my good, because I love Him!
Have a blessed week (despite any trials)!