When adversity places us in a fiery furnace, how do we handle the heat? How do we have the faith to face the fire? One of the keys is to look upon the Lord, our Deliverer, trusting that He is with us in the fire. We cannot handle the heat without Him. He is upholding us with His eyes fixed on every detail in our lives.
We have different choices during trying times. We can look at what caused the fire; look at the fire itself; look at ourselves in that fire; or, look at the Lord who is with us in the fire. The more we look at the cause, the fire or ourselves–the more we will feel defeated and fearful. It doesn’t mean that we ignore the fire we are in. It means that we come face to face with the Lord first, focus on Him and then look at the situation as He leads. As the Lord is magnified, all else diminishes.
We can serve the Lord and stand against all pressure to bow down to the enemy’s ways, because we belong to our God and have been delivered from the hands of the enemy. When all we see is the Lord, we can walk with His peace guarding our hearts and minds. Though we walk in the shadow of death, we fear no evil because God is with us. The enemy looks at the way we walk in the fire, and when he sees that the Lord is with us he knows he cannot win. He knows he has lost and the Lord is watching over us, from glory to glory!
Daniel 3:16-17 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.’