I wanted to concentrate on this particular part of the verse that's in the picture, but here it is as a whole:
"You brought us into the net;
You laid affliction on our backs.
You have caused men to ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water;
But You brought us out to rich fulfillment." NKJV
"You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance." NIV
When we think of God as good, we may have a hard time with verses like these. The key to understanding them is: word focus, context, and culture. This isn't a frightening verse. It's a comforting verse.
Wednesday, we'll unpack it and take a look at it from something we can understand. A particular tree that grows in Michigan and Colorado.
Musing/Meditation Prompts: Remember a time you felt your feet were in the fire, maybe you're whole body. Everything seemed to burn up before your eyes, but you called on the Lord and He delivered you. Can you picture that time--that season? How did it stretch you? Grow you? How did you respond--as clay in the Potter's hands, silver in the refiner's pot? Did you buck and fight and grow bitter in that time? What could you have done differently if you had bucked. What wonderful spiritual treasure developed inside you from the fire? Have you been able to comfort others with the same comfort you were given by God?
Ever felt like you were drowning? Being flooded? When the enemy flooded you, how did God raise a standard and beat him back? Remember the moment your spiritual lungs were free to breath. Fire and floods are beneficial to our spiritual journey. Thank God today that He loves you enough to allow those tough times. You'll reap rich fulfillment--spiritually.
Where are you? Fire? Going through murky waters? Have you come out on the other side? If so, do you have any words of encouragement for those are facing fiery trials and raging storms?