“Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.”
God never said that He would use you without hard times. In fact, most of those whom God has used are people who went through tough times before He used them. It was Job’s trials that God has used to help many believers. It was Stephen’s stoning that has motivated many believers to forgive those who have hurt them. It was enduring the slavery and the prison cell that Joseph endured that has encouraged many people to continue on despite of false accusations and hard times. Nobody would have ever known about the three Hebrew children without the fiery furnace. There would be no knowledge of Daniel had it not been for the lion’s den. We would never know of these men without their hard times. In fact, these men would be like any other person if they didn’t have to endure fiery trials. There are several helpful tips that the verse above gives to help the believer when they face trials.
First, God never said that life would be easy. There would be no heroes to look to if it were not for the fiery trials that people endured. The greatest motivating stories anyone reads about are the stories of those who continued on in spite of the severity of their trials. If life were easy, life would not be the challenge that brings joy. You cannot have joy without trials. You are no different from anyone else. To think that you are being persecuted because you have trials is simply not true. Everyone has trials in life, and God never promised that the Christian life would be easy. You are doing nobody any good by complaining about life being hard.
Second, your Christian character is defined by what you do while you are in the fires of life. The verse above says, “Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires…” This verse doesn’t say to glorify the LORD outside of the fires, but “in the fires.” Stephen forgave while he was in the fire. Joseph helped others while he was in the fire. Christ witnessed to others while He was on the cross. You can sit and sulk because of the fire, or you can glorify God because of it.
Third, you are the key to what your fire becomes. What you do in the fire determines whether God can use it as a tool to promote you. We often think that God is the one who uses the fires to use us in a great way, but He can’t use you if you don’t determine to do something with it. You must determine to make your fire a tool to glorify God with it for it to become the tool that the LORD uses to magnify you and build your ministry. Great ministries are not built without hardships, but they are built in the hardships. Great Christian lives are not built without fiery trials, but they are revealed in the fires. It is the fire that reveals the great Christian character to others; the great Christian character an individual would be camouflaged without the fire.
Fourth, God can never use you greatly if you run from your fiery trials. You will notice that it is in the fire that the LORD is glorified, not out of the fire. The more you run from your fiery trials, the more you are running from the tool that God will use to glorify Himself through you. My friend, you’re only hurting yourself by hiding, running to vices, or avoiding your trials. You will never be used if you run from your trials. You are already in the fire, so you might as well use it as a tool to glorify the LORD. Your fires are not going to end because you run from them; therefore, the best way to take the heat of the fire is to turn them into a tool with which to glorify the LORD.