In the fire

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There he was out there on those rocks. 

I don’t know why he went that way. 

Why didn’t he go my way? 

My way was easy. Flat ground. No exertion. Straight. No curves. No climb. No worries.

The boy took the hard way. Climbing rocks. Slippery ones at that. There was danger. Anything could’ve happened. The threat of falling was real. It was strenuous. And tedious. Each step forward took great care. 

God sometimes takes us the hard way. A way we would not choose. 

Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

 

When we can’t see what God is doing, it can be very scary. 

God doesn’t always save us from the fire. He doesn’t always deliver us from the storms. 

What He does promise is to always be with us in the fire. 

I’m reminded of the three boys thrown in the fiery furnace. 

They refused to bow down to the demands of the King. Even if that meant death. They believed that God was able to save them. They refused to bow down to the ways of the world. 

God was able to rescue them. But even if He chose not to, they would not bow down to fear.

They did get thrown in the fire. The worst thing did happen. Their worst fears were realized.

In the midst of all of it, God was there.

There were many people looking on. You know what they saw? 

God was with them in the fire.

As I looked on at the boy, he was smiling. And content. 

He seemed oblivious to the rocky road before him. There was no panic. Just a calm trust.

We can have that confidence. 

God is with us. 

Isaiah 42:6 “I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

God is using your trial to help others see His faithfulness. Keep hold of His hand.



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One Thing Is Needed…

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I can’t blame her much. Martha that is. 

 She was feeling overwhelmed. 

A girl can get overwhelmed sometimes. 

All the needs before her. That is all she could see.

Yeah, I’m there all the time.

How am I going to get all this done? Will we ever get there? What will happen when…?

Where? Who? Why? All the expectations. And all the doubts. What if’s….

Jesus spoke gentle words.

Luke 10:41… “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details. 

This word “upset” gives us a great picture in the Latin root. It means a crowd or a riotous multitude. All of these things that we see before us, the needs, the lack, the unanswered questions, the exhaustion of service, the distance, the doubts; all of these things can crowd out what is most important. 

Luke 10:42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Only one thing was needed. 

Mary discovered it. We know she was sitting at Jesus feet. 

I forget. This is Your ministry. These are Your people. This child belongs to You. We don’t have to have all the answers.

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Sit at Jesus feet.

As you go about your day, talk to Him. Walk with Him. Ask Him for wisdom.

James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.

Don’t speak unless you know He wants you to speak.

James 1:19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

Jesus is in the details. Every last one. He will provide for all of your needs.

Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

 



 

 

 

 

 

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