Seven Times Hotter
TRUSTING GOD IN THE FIRE
I wrote this blog during a very low time in my life, now I share it with you as the trials have gotten hotter and the temptation to shake my fist at God is stronger than ever. we all have those moments, relationships become difficult, money is lacking, health is declining; just when you think things can't get any worse and better not, because you are sure it will destroy you, it get's worse, the fire gets hotter. It's almost surreal, like you're in a nightmare, trying to wake up. I know this feeling. It is by grace I stand today, and it is by God's mercy that I am not judged for my emotions and unstable ways. Although my desire is to kick, scream and complain at God because of my present circumstances, I dare not disrespect the only solid rock I know, the only One that can see me through this. So I take this opportunity to exercise my faith and strengthen my trust in God. I hope this blog touches you as much as it touched me:
June 16, 2015
"Seven Times Hotter" (A Devo inspired by Jennifer Turner, Thank you Jen!)
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
19 Nebuchadnezzar was so furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face became distorted with rage. He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual.
I have read this story dozens of times and never has this verse impacted or changed my perspective as it did tonight. I would have to admit that most of my life has been challenging, a refining fire, to say the least. There has been many trials, lots of tears and suffering, of course tossed in with many, many joyous moments and victories, and I can honestly say, If I had a do-over, I wouldn't change most of it.
IT'S TOO HOT LORD
However, the past few moments, including today, has been what I would honestly describe as the "refining fire" seven times hotter! To the point where I was leaning towards bowing down just to get some relief. Bowing down to the author of discouragement and fear, the author of hopelessness and self-pity. "The fire is too hot and I'm not going to make it. This is too hard, I can't take it anymore, I am just so tired." Do any of these words sound familiar?
FRIEND IN FIRE
My dearest little sister and co-laborer in the Lord, Jennifer Turner, taught on these verses this evening in youth group. Like I mentioned before, the words "seven times hotter" hit me like a ton of bricks. It's as if God was acknowledging me in that moment. Almost as if He was agreeing with me "Yes Laura, this fire is seven times hotter, however, you are forgetting an important part, Jesus is walking with you through the fire." I am not alone! God didn't say the fire was going to stop yet, but He reminded me, promises me that Jesus will be by my side every step of the way; and because of this and only because of this, I will not die, I will not be burned, I won't even smell of smoke when this refining process is over.
PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR HIS PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR ME!
I encourage you to read the full story in Daniel ch.3.