You’re here once more, your whole world going up in ashes and wondering where God is when you are engulfed in flames. He feels so far away, you struggle even to catch a small glimpse of Him among the shimmering waves of heat. ‘Has He forgotten me?’ you wonder, was my mess just too much? Was I just too broken for Him to do anything with? Far too many pieces scatter across this wasteland you’ve journeyed through for so long for Him to bother with- I promise you dear friend this isn’t true.
Throughout scripture, we see the promise that God will never leave nor abandon you. But we also see the promise that when you walk through the fire, when you are engulfed in flames He will not leave you here. You will not be lost in this place. He has not left you, you aren’t too broken, or messy or anything else the devil has whispered in your ears to try to get you to give up. Even in the midst of the fire, you are firmly held in His hand.
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When You Are Engulfed In Flames
The devil tries to make us feel alone. He drives us away from anything that can feed our weary souls a shred of hope and drives us into isolation especially when we are engulfed in flames. If he can starve our souls we are that much easier to break down. When we are so focused on the flames, and on the pain, we experience it can be so hard to see God, and we are left wondering if He’s abandoned us.
It’s so important that before we ever get to this season we have done everything we can to grow our roots deep into God’s word and build a solid foundation of truth. Nothing will burn away faster when you are engulfed in flames than catchy feel-good quotes and false hope which is why we need God’s word not just people’s “Christiany” sounding thoughts.
When we are in the midst of the flames it’s vital that we cling that much tighter to the truth, we are loved, we are treasured, He has a plan for our lives. Cling to those truths even when it feels like God is far away because your feelings can and often are wrong.
Finding God When You Walk Through The Fire
I remember this time our family was walking through a storm, one thing after the next kept happening and it just felt like we couldn’t catch our breath. The air conditioning went out in the middle of our hot and muggy southern summer, we had not one but two really bad water leaks that required gutting huge pieces of the house. A family member’s health was deteriorating, a horrible car accident, the loss of precious animals.
I remember just laying on the floor in the bedroom listening to a song talking about how God is faithful, and if He’s started to work in your life He will be faithful to complete it. That song was a shred of hope that I desperately needed when it felt like I was engulfed in flames.
Trust me I get it, it can be so hard to find God when you walking through the fire. The doubts and fears shriek in your ears, the situation overwhelms you so that you can’t see anything else. You look for Him, try to find the slightest piece of His fingerprint but it’s so hard to find them at that moment. But I can promise you, He’s there. You. Are. Not. Alone. He sees you, you are not lost to Him. Even in the inferno, when everything around you is turning to ash you are held firmly in God’s hands.
God Is With You In The Fire
God uses the fire, the storms, the circumstances we go through for a purpose. He uses them to chip away the rough places, to burn away the worldly places, to mold us into who He created us to be. He brings us into the fire and allows us to be engulfed in flames to refine us. To remove the unwanted elements and impurities so that all that remains is himself. Trust Him. He is a master craftsman and you are His treasured creation. He will not leave you in the midst of the flames.
Bible Verses For When You Are Engulfed In Flames
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 ESV
So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:7 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 43:10 ESV
You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. Psalm 66:12 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV
And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” Zechariah 13:9 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 ESV
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10 ESV
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
He Is Faithful, Even When You Are Engulfed In Flames
Rest in the knowledge that even when you are engulfed in flames God is faithful. You are not forgotten or lost or abandoned. You are in a process, a refinement. God will see you through this season, He is right there with you in the midst of the flames holding you tightly even when it feels like He is a million miles away. He’s got you.
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