THE CRUCIBLE – 03/12/19

By March 12, 2019Daily Devotionals

THE CRUCIBLE
March 12, 2019

Prayer:  Thank you Lord that no matter how hot the “fires” of life are Your grace is always with us. 

Scripture:  Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Wasn’t it three men that we tied up and threw in the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, O king.” 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.” Dan. 3: 24-25

It was a dark morning as I trudged through the cold and wet into the Middle School where I started my day. I was already spent, and I hadn’t even started the day. The “fire” was heated many times hotter this year than most. I had nine more classes a week than I taught last year, and to top it all off, I was taking a graduate course and writing my masters’ action research final project. My Dad went through cancer surgery that winter, and my husband’s job and travels were stressing him more than normal. How could I make it any farther?

It was the Lord that reminded me of the three Hebrew children who had been thrown into a hotter than normal fire, and visible in the furnace was the Son of God. It was such a comfort to know that He was also with me, and I could trust Him to keep me from harm too. In addition, He would be seen by those watching the fire!“ When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace all sufficient shall be thy supply. The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume and they gold to refine.”*

*From the hymn, “How Firm a Foundation”

Copyright Shirley Wilson.  Email swilson@ceai.org

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