Quite often when we find ourselves in challenging situations, the first thing that comes into mind is how we can get out of it. We are wired to be evasive of problems and challenges and would do anything possible to avoid getting into them. We are always keen to avoid the fire and going through the fire is not an option that many of us want to consider. To the contrary God rarely promises to cushion us from getting into problems promising rather that no matter what problems we go through, He will be with us. The scriptural account of the Apostle Paul who went through a lot of challenges and never faulted God is one we need to learn from. When he found himself in a Philippian jail with his colleague Silas, they did not immediately jump out of the problem when the doors opened. They chose to use the opportunity to bring God glory. God actually visited Paul severally as a prisoner giving him assurance and comforting him to be strong. He chose not to remove Paul from the pain but to strengthen him in the pain. It’s not always that God will remove pain away from us or keep us from getting into the fire but we can be sure that we shall never be alone in whatever fire. Where are you trusting God to get you out of a mess and He doesn’t seem to be responding? What challenge are you wishing God can save you from? Where do you just see God as a savior from the fire rather than a savior in the fire? As we go through the challenges occasioned by the Corona Virus, may we be encouraged to know that no matter what happens, Immanuel which means God with us is in our midst. We will never be on our own and even if He does not take away the thorn of affliction from us, His grace will be sufficient to carry us through!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 NIV
Last modified: April 7, 2020