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?

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stray, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:9-15

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.


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2 comments

  • I have found that letting go and turning it over to God for his assistance has helped me in many circumstances. I can be lost for what to write and pray for guidance and for the words…and guess what..the words start to flow. Pretty amazing. ♥

    • I thought I had already responded to this, but apparently my reply disappeared into the great beyond!

      Thanks for dropping in to read and respond. Usually when we give up, so to say, is when God can show up and get it done! If only I would let that happen to start with…