My thoughts this morning at the stove, “The Cream of Wheat might not like the heat, but without heat, I get no breakfast treat.” (It rhymes. 🙂 )
And sometimes, when God’s cooking up something special for us, he has to apply some heat.
“…because the Lord disciplines those he loves… Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:6a, 10-11
Are you feeling some heat? You might not like it,but remember– you’re never alone in the flames:
“…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, 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.” (Click here to read the rest of the story in Daniel 3)
An old, old devotional, Streams in the Desert, is recommended reading in the heat. This excerpt was especially encouraging to me when I was in my own furnace once. Read it here . ( If you can’t now, bookmark it for later. It’s really good.)
And, speaking of recommended reading, the link on the right, “I’m Suffering!” is chocked FULL of encouraging words and articles. Great for bookmarking, as well.
“Oh, Father, thank you for loving me. You know what’s best for me and I know I can trust you during the hard times. Every cook knows without heat, the bread don’t rise, and You’re the best cook of all, so help me to trust that you’re cooking up something really good in/with my life when I feel the flames.
Give me patience in the oven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Finally 🙂 Here’s Louis Armstrong singing “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego” Enjoy!!!