Trial by Fire
Do you work well under pressure?
Trial by fire? Yes, I’d say that’s how I live my life. Some by choice, some by chance.
I do my best work under pressure. At the last minute. When everything that could go wrong did. When absolute and utter failure appears inevitable, yes, that’s when I do my best work.
But I’m wondering about trial by fire. Really? If I were tried by fire would the work I have done survive or be burnt up?
Just because one works well under pressure doesn’t mean their work is up to God’s standards or even needed.
I am a doer. I see a problem and I go to work to fix it. I actually look for problems to fix.
I know, I know. Huge character flaw.
However, God doesn’t need Carrie to be a fixer. He needs Carrie to be a faithful follower. Sometimes it’s not doing that’s rewarded, but what we DON’T do.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego did not bow down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar decreed everyone should at the appointed sounds. Trial by fire was the penalty for anyone who didn’t comply. (Daniel 3)
How would we respond?
Bow? Just not? Or a third option not examined in Daniel 3?
I’m pretty sure I would fall into category three. I would find a way to petition the king. Plead my case. Argue. Wage war if necessary. But simply wait for God to save me in the midst of the fire?
The fire was stoked, the three men bound and tossed in, and shortly thereafter, FOUR men were seen loose and walking in the fire. Nebuchadnezzar called the three men out, and out they came totally unharmed. (Daniel 3)
Sometimes working well under pressure means letting God do the work. Yes, we may find ourselves in the fire, but 1 Corinthians tells us that even when our works are found lacking and burn, we ourselves are still saved through the blood of Christ.
He already took the pressure off.