Overcoming Difficult Trials



When you are in the midst of a storm, it is easy to think of nothing else but the trouble on your mind.  It can be like a consuming fire that distracts you from all your other duties.  Friendships and relationships may take a back seat along with your job responsibilities.  Your problem is like a constant burn from an unseen branding iron.  It is all you see, feel, and think about and it robs you of sleep as well.

So how do you overcome the hold it has over you.  How do you eliminate, or at least reduce the fear strangle it has on your heart?

Is it possible to carry on life and not just live with an attitude of existing as apposed to living life to the fullest with the burden you must carry? Yes, of course…. But it takes faith and some spiritual muscles. 

Going through deep waters often requires waders.  My dad is a fly fisherman and will go out into the river for hours just to catch a beauty of a fish to eat for his dinner.  When you are in deep waters where the river is flowing fast, you must not only be equipped and prepared but also dressed.  So first, put on your spiritual armor!

Next, remember the promises of God.  He tells us that we will not drown in our river of pain or sorrow.  This is a promise!  Hold on to it and believe!

Then Isaiah 43:2 brings the suffering soul into a new environment, the fire.  Yes, the burning heat of affliction where there is no tree offering shade for any relief.  Water is hard to find but it is there.  I lived in Arizona for many years and was taught to find water in cactus.  Here is another key:  obtain knowledge for it is far more valuable than rubies and can save your life and soul. 

Therefore, how do we gain knowledge?  It is gained by reading and meditating on the holy Word of God.  Apply it to your life.  Apply it to the situation you are experiencing this very moment. God promises that the fires of the desert or the fiery furnace you are living in will not consume you.  You will not be burned.  Just think of the faithful Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and be encouraged. 

DANIEL 3:17-27 (NIV)

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They 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.

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