In Beth Moore’s study on Daniel she takes some time to point to a verse in the narrative about Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace. She points to Daniel 3:27 where everyone “saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.”
God not only brings them through the furnace, but when they make it out they don’t even smell like smoke.
I didn’t know how big a deal that was until Monday. You see, on the way home from a youth event our car caught on fire.
Everything smoke from the fire touched smelled like it spent an hour on the bar be. E’s car seat. My jacket. Michael Buble…well, his CD at least.
We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Like the fact that the fire didn’t hit the gas tank. That E wasn’t with me at the time. That I was minutes from my parents house. That God protected me on a dark, rainy, foggy night when I was stranded on the side of the highway.
That I didn’t meet Him face to face that night.
The loss of a car for our family will be a trial and there are plenty of things we could worry about.
Finances. Logistics. Insurance.
In the end though I know that we serve a God who is able. There are so many who are going through trials this holiday season. Trails far worse and more difficult than a car fire.
It is easy for us to think that these things catch God by surprise. That He does them to us. That just isn’t the case. We serve a God who works FOR US. Things happen that break His heart, just like they break ours, but He will work it out, and one day we will look back and where the fire of a trial we will stand in awe at what He has done.
In faith He will work all things for the good of those who love him. What Satan means to destroy us God can, will, and does use to strengthen us, and yes, bless us more abundantly.
Even in situations where we can see nothing good ever coming our way.
My prayer is that whatever trial you are facing right now that the Lord upholds and sustains you, and that once your fire has been extinguished and, you are on the other side, you won’t even smell smoke.