In the Flames

Some days are just…

Difficult.  Hard.  Painful.   

Outside forces threateningly exert pressure designed to crush and destroy.  

Questions arise that perplexing and seem to have no answers.  

People – some with good intentions and others with not so good intentions – say and do things that do not help, but instead inflict pain and add to the struggle.

Situations arise that strike one down and leave one reeling and gasping for the next breath.

Yet, somehow, mounting pressure on every side…

Doesn’t crush.

That which is perplexing and confusing…

Doesn’t cause despair.

That which is intended to inflict distress and isolation…

Doesn’t leave us abandoned.

That which strikes down…

Doesn’t destroy. 

Have you ever wondered why that is?

It is because He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.

It is because, although outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are renewed day by day.

It is because in the midst of our trouble, we can be of good cheer because He has overcome the world.

It is because we know that when compared to the eternal glory they are working for us, these struggles are light and momentary.

It is because we can pray, present our petitions with thanksgiving to Him who garrisons our hearts and minds with His peace that takes up sentry duty.

It is because God Himself will supply all our needs according to the riches of His glory.

It is because we can fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.  

It is because we have a Great High Priest who is now seated at God’s right hand, to whom we can with confidence come to His throne of grace, knowing we will find the mercy and help we need in our time of need.

It is because we know that in all things we know that God is working for our good and His glory.

It is because we know that His plans for us are good and not evil, with hope and a future.  

It is because the power that is at work within us is not our own.  It is God’s and is the same power by which He raised Jesus from the dead.

It is because in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

So then…

When we are in the flames, we don’t lose heart.  


We can entrust ourselves to our faithful Creator…

And continue to do good.  

From 2. Cor. 4:7-9, 16-17; 1. John 4:4; John 16:33; Phil. 4:7-8, 19; Heb. 4:14-16, 12:3; Rom. 8:28, 37; Eph. 1:19-20; Jer. 29:11, 1. Peter 4:19