Here is a brief thought today. These brave firefighters in CA are right up on the edge of this fire, feeling the heat and battling for the lives of those in harms way. Let’s remember to pray for them. Let’s also take a lesson from their example.
Many people believe that God’s call on their lives will be always enjoyable and if one ever feel stress or if one ever doesn’t feel like doing something then it must not be God’s will. In Christ, we are no longer helplessly in the fire. We have been rescued. Most people need time to recover, grow, and be trained to share Christ. But, when God calls you, ultimately it will be to go back and help in the rescue. Stress, pain, and sacrifice will follow you when you do the will of God. We are following Jesus, who was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows. But, we know our ultimate reward is greater than our present sorrows. We also have a savior who has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
We are in a cultural meltdown. It is not time to run away as a coward, but to stand and face the fire.
“He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.”
Psalm 104:4 NIV
“I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” So I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:”
Psalm 39:1-3 NIV
““I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Matthew 3:11 NIV
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NIV
“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
Jude 1:20-23 NIV