Over the years I’ve had to attend a number of fire safety trainings on my job. The trainers instructed us that if our clothing were to catch on fire we should stop, drop and roll to extinguish the flames. Have you ever felt like the heat of your circumstances were about to consume you? Do you find yourself engulfed in an inferno of problems? What means do you seek to cool the flames of adversity? Just as the trainers instructed us to stop, drop and roll if our clothing caught afire, we need to adopt the same principle when we find ourselves in the midst of a fiery situation; be it a chronic condition, family issues, mounting debt, etc. All too often our natural response is to complain or try to extinguish the fire in our own strength. Although contrary to our human nature, thankfulness during times of trial can change your perspective of your situation while still in the midst of the flames.
The Bible says we’re to give thanks “in” all things (I Thessalonians 5:18). It’s in the heat of our situation that thankfulness captures God’s attention. When the three Hebrew boys, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, were cast into a heated situation, Daniel 3:21-23 says they “fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.” In a posture of worship, two verses later (Daniel 3:25), the Bible says Jesus entered into the midst of the flames along with young men. What the enemy had designed to consume them became a catalyst for their deliverance.
The next time your find yourself being scorched by the heat of life’s trials – stop, drop, thank, and allow the Holy Spirit to release a spiritual refreshment that will quench the heat of your situation. Then you, like the three Hebrew boys, will emerge victorious from a fiery ordeal! Take some time right now to Stop, Drop & Thank!
Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations
March 19, 2010 (revised 2-11-16)