Pastor Blog

Playing With Fire

Posted on: March 27, 2017

Why is it that doing dangerous things makes you feel so alive as a child?  I remember in my early days, that I thought running my hand over a candle or jumping over a camp fire were just the coolest things.  There is just something about playing with fire that seems fun, that is until you get burned.

The old adage that if you play with fire you will get burned is something we all learn as we get older, and some of us the hard way.  What makes this truth difficult to handle is that it is not always your fault.  Take the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel 3.  These three Hebrew men had risen to some authority in the Babylonian kingdom.  So they had become targets to those who did not like the idea of Hebrew slaves having any power.  When the king builds a 90 foot golden statue and makes everyone bow down to it.  They refuse!  As a result, they are cast into a burning fiery furnace.  It all works out, because God is bigger than any fire.  The Bible even tells us they came out...unscathed.  There clothes did not even smell like smoke.

The truth is that we all are going to be held to the flame at times and some of us may get thrown in.  It might be our fault and it might not.  But whether you are messing around with fire or the fire is trying to mess with you, God is still bigger than any fire.  If we will make the fires we deal with face the God we know, then we will never need to fear the fire again.  God has promised to work all things together for good for His children.  He may extinguish the fire, He may help you avoid it, or He may walk you right through it.  If you trust in Him, make those fires face the God you know, then you will come out unscathed.  You will know what it means to be fully alive even in the fires of life.