He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Throughout Scripture we are reminded that God will never leave us or forsake us. Things do not always go the way we want them to and many times we are disappointed. Sometimes we are tempted to complain and blame God for our troubles. It is easy to develop a “why me” attitude and feel as if God does not want us to succeed or be happy. When we feel like this we must remember the promises He has given us.
- Jeremiah 29:11 tells us He has thoughts of peace towards us and not of evil.
- Proverbs 18:24 tells us we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5 tell us that He will never fail us, leave us, or forsake us.
- I Peter 5:7 tells us that He constantly cares for us.
- Romans 8:28 tells us that He will work all things together for our good.
When doubt creeps into our minds and our weary hearts are overwhelmed with trouble, we must realize where those negative thoughts and messages are coming from. We have an enemy and our enemy does not want us to succeed or be happy. He wants us to fail and our testimonies to be destroyed. We will suffer disappointments. We will suffer grief and sorrow. We will endure sickness and disease. We will have to say goodbye to loved ones and friends. Sometimes our lives will be uprooted and turned upside down. Some of our plans will never come to pass. What does all of this mean?
Does it mean that God does not care? NO! He cares for you and He cares for me. He is with us through it all. Just as He was in the middle of the fire with the three Hebrews, He is with you through everything you are experiencing. He loves you. He is teaching you. He is preparing you. He desires to use you. He has specific people for you to minister to. Your life matters. Your experiences matter. Your life matters to God and your life will matter to someone else who needs you to be a light to them. Take the words of Job that he declared as a personal victorious statement of faith and make them your own. Job 23:10 promises us that God will bring us through whatever test, or trial, or suffering, or situation we find ourselves in. “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” He is with you in your fire, and He will bring you out.