Coming out Without Smelling of Smoke
He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Daniel 3:25
Going through trials and tribulation and coming out without any hurt is what we can compare the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego to. These three men were thrown into a fiery furnace all because they didn't worship the golden image. They came out without even smelling like smoke let alone burn on them. It was such a great miracle and testimony. Read Daniel chapter 3 for the whole story. It is truly an amazing story!
Today we are often put in situations that compare to bowing down and worshiping the golden image sort of speak. Perhaps in the workplace or some of our relative's homes they might want us to watch or participate in things that we know are not right. We need to take a stand and just leave and pray for them. I try not to argue and judge non-believers in their activities anymore simply because this can push them away. Just us not being there or leaving they will figure it out or ask why, then I would explain. There is no point in arguing with people that don't love God or try to convince them that certain activites are wrong. Most know that it is wrong already. Just pray for salvation for them, this is much more effective.
Sometimes when we are following the Lord we still have serious life issues to deal with, such as illness, death, lost loved ones or financial loss. It can take a toll on our bodies and spirits, but if we (and I am saying this to myself as well) trust in the Son of God totally I believe that we can come out of it without hurt or smelling of smoke. This is a testimony to others who are not believers. They might ask themselves, "How can one person survive all that and not be in a mental hospital", or similar sort of statements. They feel that they would never be able to handle that and they watch your life and notice the sufficent grace that God has provided for you.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let the Lord's grace and power be upon you today.