When you least expect it, it comes out of nowhere. That phone call, that letter, that conversation.
Many of us have been there. I am there now.The pain is real. That fiery trial, that ordeal or situation that knocks you off your feet.
My sister in law is dead. Just typing those words brings tears to my eyes. I am typing this as I lay next to my brother. He wanted me to sleep with him tonight and talk until he fell asleep.
We have cried prayed and cried some more.
I Peter 4:12 says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
Peter tells us that we are going to go through some “fiery ordeals.” That word means ‘smoltering in a furnace.’ It portrays an intense painful experience. I can’t even imagine what my brother is going through right now,
We all experience extreme anguish, sadness or major disappointment. We all know all too well the feelings of heaviness, distress and anguish.
Problems bring pain. Sometimes we bring them on ourselves, sometimes they can come from other people or different circumstances. But the reality is, they do come.
The image Peter uses in this passage is that of fire. Fire is often used for testing or refining. You have heard the saying, “He’s really going through the fire” haven’t you? Peter sees the fire as a refining process.
God is allowing certain situations in your life to refine you. God is cleaning out the impurities and making you a vessel for His glory.
Peter says “Don’t be surprised when it happens, be prepared and receive what God is doing.” If you do not, you will become bitter and angry instead of better and mature.
Remember when you are going through the fire, you will not get burned. If you don’t believe me, read about the three Hebrew boys who were thrown in a fiery furnace in the book of Daniel.
God is purifying you! I didn’t say it was going to be easy and you aren’t going to like it but God is at work.
The fire is hot and it is real but you will come through the fire and there will not even be a smell of smoke on you. Our family covets your prayers.