Another In The Fire
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior …” - Isaiah 43:1–3
Were you obedient to what you thought God asked you to do and now find yourself in a situation or circumstance that is adverse? I think of recent times where I believed I was doing exactly what the Lord directed me to do but the result wasn't as I dreamed it up to be. Like my babies. I was pregnant and by the grace of God, carried my children the best that I could. But beyond my control, Noel came at 28 weeks and Tessa was born with a terminal diagnosis. I think of moments where I stepped out to lead bible studies and pray with others only to come under fire through the death of loved ones or verbal scrutiny. Not to mention all those other moments where I stood against the accepted flow of the world, only to be thrown into the furnace. Perhaps you can relate?
In these moments, I think of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In Daniel, chapter 3, these guys were thrown into the fire for living in obedience to God. They refused to bow down to an idol. They refused to bow down to the world and were punished by King Nebuchadnezzar for doing so. These three guys were thrown into the furnace fully trusting that the Lord would bring them out, untouched by flames.
Let's read what happens in Daniel 3:12-15, 23-25. We pick up where certain Chaldeans approached the King saying:
...12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Shadrch, Meshach and Abednego stood their ground and did not bow down...
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”
They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
This week, the song "Another In The Fire" by Hillsong United played at random on my YouTube music player. It struck me. Hard. So I pressed in and listened to the Song Story. I could not stop the flow of tears, so I pressed in even more and asked God what He wanted me to do with this. Why has He moved me so much?
Brothers and Sisters- its for you and me. It's hard folks. To be obedient is downright hard, especially because there is always going to be an enemy challenging your decision to love Christ and to walk in obedience. He is in your face challenging your allegiance to the Father. But you are not alone. There is another in the fire with you.
Whatever you are going through, know that the circumstance or situation has no power over you. Fully put your trust in the power of the cross that has already brought you through the fire victoriously. As you stand in the in-between of knowing yesterday and the outcome of the unknown next moments, trust in the cross. Trust in Jesus.
You hold the trump card. Jesus is in the fire with you. So don't be discouraged. GO HARD. Leave nothing left. Run your guts out- trusting, knowing, and believing in the Lord your God to pull you through.
No matter your past (I have skeletons, too) there is a Father who redeems us and loves us unconditionally. No matter your situation, look to the one standing in the fire with you.