There is something really special about fireworks on the Fourth of July. It gets everyone in a patriotic spirit. However, before fireworks are ignited to show their magical splendor, there is a process that they must undergo before we can see what is on the inside truly shine.
The same thing is true for our own lives. Sometimes, when we have an adverse situation affect our lives, we tend to rely on our own strength to carry us through our tribulation. Our initial response is to neglect the arms that God has wide open, ready for us to run to when we need to find refuge and strength.
In Daniel Chapter 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace because, these young men refused to bow down to the golden idol set fourth by the King. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew the God that they served who was far greater than the image they “needed” to bow down to. These men chosen to be Wild and Untamed for God and as a result, the King sent them to a blazing furnace.
“Look!” he answered. “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the son of God.” (Daniel 3:25) God doesn’t simply set a fire, He sustains the fire. The fire is not a place of trial, it is a place of preparation that will allow you to step into a new season.