Was there any time you felt like throwing in the towel? Are you considering quitting because you seem not to see any result? Well… Hold on.
Remember Shedrack, Meshach and Abednego. As they were dragged into the fire, they felt a possibility of death but they never gave up on God. They said even if God doesn’t save them, they won’t give up (Daniel 3:17-18).
Queen Esther came to a point in her life when she took a decision! It was a life threatening decision. But what was here utterance? “If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).
Sometimes, God allows us to be thrown into the fire… So that his glory will be showcased the more! He didn’t stop them from throwing Daniel in the Lions den, he didn’t stop them from throwing the three men into the fire. He didn’t stop them from crucifying Jesus or persecuting the Apostles… He stopped none of those! But through that affliction, they all came out more victorious. The bible says…
“You shall walk through the fire and it shall not hurt you” (Isaiah 43:2)
You will not remain in that fire, you will not remain in that ocean. God wants to use you in that situation to showcase his glory!
What then shall your attitude be when you see yourself in the fire? The three men were praising God inside the fire, Paul and Silas were praising God inside the prison! That should be our attitude too whenever we see ourselves in severe challenges.
While Stephen was been stoned to death, he looked up and cried to God “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” (Act 7:60) He would have requested for angels with two edged sword, he would have requested fire like the angry Elijah, he would have defended himself and they would have seen instant miracles. But no! He prayed on their behalf and pleaded for mercy. He emulated Jesus, Jesus did the same thing on the cross (Luke 23:34).
No matter who is championing your crucifixion, no matter who is heading the team that wants to throw you into the fire, you must remain thankful to God and remain forgiving to them. Always wear a smile on that face, look towards the sky and declare
“I know my redeemer liveth! He that keepeth me never sleeps neither does he slumber! From this rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, I will sing of the glory of the Lord!” (Job 19:25, Psalm 121:4, Psalm 113:3)
You shall be celebrated.