Here is an article written by a very talented young man. Please read it, and take it to heart.======================================================================
Firewalk With God
By Silas Blodgett
“‟But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning, 
fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?‟ 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. But if not, let it be known to you, O 
king, that we do not serve your gods nor will we worship the gold image which you have set 
up.‟” (Daniel 3:15b-18). When we as Christians must suffer through the inevitable trials and 
afflictions of this life, it is our duty to rejoice and genuinely thank God for the opportunities 
brought about by those trials. We must rejoice since suffering results in growth, the Bible 
commands us to endure hardships with joy, and when compared to our eventual, eternal 
glorification, our sufferings really are quite insignificant and petty.
The first reason to rejoice is the fact that affliction leads to growth. James 1:2-3 says, 
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your 
faith produces patience.” As the blacksmith applies just enough heat to temper and therefore 
strengthen a length of steel to make it useful, so the Lord uses trials in our lives to strengthen us 
as vessels for His glorification. “And we know that all things work together for good to those 
who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -- Romans 8:28.
Secondly, Christians are commanded to suffer hardships and stand strong when the day 
of adversity arrives. 2 Timothy 2:3 says, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Of course, if we are to endure these hardships with joy, and not simply with an 
attitude of tolerance, we must learn to lean on our omnipresent and omniscient Father. “Cast 
your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be 
moved.” (Psalm 55:22). “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out 
of them all.” (Psalm 34:19). No matter how severe or how much pain you’re going through, our 
God promises to take away your burden if you simply allow Him to. Sometimes, we have the 
tendency to revel in our own misery, in which case the endurance of hardships will be shallow 
and self-centered in nature, which is not in accordance with God’s will. We must not pray for 
deliverance from our trials, but for wisdom.
“No one entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who 
enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:4). Thirdly, and most importantly, this life on earth is 
not our own. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we’re not here for personal comfort or satisfaction. 
Our beautiful purpose in life is to constantly bring glory to the name of God. When viewed in 
this light, and under the shadow of the cross, how truly insignificant are our own trivial 
sufferings and complaints! “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to 
try you, as though some strange thing has happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you 
partake of Christ‟s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with 
exceeding joy. …if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God 
in this matter.” (1 Peter 4:12-13, 16). 
Just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego faced their fiery trial knowing they would 
either be saved from the furnace or saved into eternal Glory; we too should face our trials with 
courage and such confidence in our life’s purpose that in so doing, we joyfully fulfill that very 
function and bring glory to the King of kings through our affliction. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be 
revealed in us.” Romans 8:18.
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Reprinted from the Little Corners Newsletter: http://thecomradesofhonorseries.weebly.com/links-and-more.html
 


Comments

02/01/2013 9:01am

Wow!! I really like how you pointed out that many of us like to "revel in our misery". Ouch and then, well, double ouch. Reveling is a great word to use because it kind of implies "partying, enjoying, dwelling" which I'm sure I've done more times than I'd care to admit when trials came. I just never thought about the endurance of those trials being shallow, but you are so right. I will also say that the blessing at the other side of the hardship isn't nearly as sweet and precious when you've been reveling, either. Glorifying GOD through our hardships brings us so much more joy as well as honor to HIM that it really does turn those trials into victories. Thank you for sharing your heart in this post!!

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Maellen
02/06/2013 6:13pm

So encouraging, Cathy! And true, when we glorify God, we get joy! Always!

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Seth
02/01/2013 4:09pm

Silas my dude! That was very well written and led by the Spirit! If we believe that with all of our hearts we will find ourselves joyful during suffering and persecution brcause we know who the glory goes to anyway. Keep it up brother!

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Silas
02/01/2013 11:16pm

Thanks, buddy!! Agreed. :)

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Lydia
02/05/2013 5:00pm

Thank you for sharing, Silas! I really enjoyed your article, and the verses were so encouraging. I hope to read more of your work in the future! =)

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Maellen
02/06/2013 6:12pm

Yeah, me too! ;-D

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