When you walk through the fire …

Two families – our friends – are walking through the fire at the moment. Each has a young child with an untreatable medical condition that has brought them close to death. There are some options, but the outcome is far from certain. To say that it’s a very difficult time is an understatement!

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Perhaps you, too, are going through a fiery trial, as the apostle Peter calls it. You may wonder, “What is God doing? Why me? How will I get through this?”

At times like these, the enemy – like King Nebuchadnezzar in ancient Babylon – sets up an idol on the plain of our lives and invites us to bow down. He says, “Your God is not good or He would not let this happen. Or He is impotent and can do nothing about it. Abandon your God and worship my idol instead.”

Maybe like King David, we fast and pray, but to no avail. What then?

Perhaps our best response is to echo what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said to King Nebuchadnezzar when threatened with the fire if they did not bow down to his idol (Daniel 3:16-18), telling our enemy:

“We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter … the God we serve is able to deliver us … But even if He does not, we want you to know … that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

And to remember that, like them, we are not alone!

I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:20

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.
Isaiah 43:2

God is not impotent and He is good, whatever happens. Jesus walked through the fire with them and He walked through his own fire of crucifixion, laying down His life for us.

He has not promised to rescue us from our fiery trials, but this He has promised: never to leave us and to walk with us through them.

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

Jude 24-25

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