The line is stretched, charged, and the Company Officer is completing the 360. The crew begins to open the door and it’s locked. They begin the process of forcing the door. It is a hard task as their are many locks but their skill overcomes the strength of the lock. They make the push, flowing, and going knocking out the fire.
Consider the parable of our own lives. We build our homes of security and fill them. But then the fires of life come along and we become trapped. We are trapped in a place that we were once safe & secure. We are surrounded by the flames of adversity yet we refuse to open the pages of God’s word for our rescue & strength.
Then our world come crashing down upon us. We cry out for help and God comes to our rescue. Our prayers are heard and his Grace stretches across the impossible distance between Him and us.
Christ looks upon our situation and breaks down our gates of bronze insecurities:
“For He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.” Psalm 107: 15-16
His love breaks open the locks of our sin and his atoning sacrifice forces open the door to our fiery peril.
He reaches through the darkness of our troubles:
“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” (2 Samuel 22:29)
He carries us to safety and lifts our burdens:
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.” (Psalm 68:19)
He treats our wounds with compassion and takes our smoke(sin) stained bodies and washes them clean:
“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:2)
He breathes new life into our spirit and He will: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
We then stand up and look back in amazement at all the fiery trials God has rescued us from in our lives and ponder:
Why do we every doubt you O God?
Time and time again He has rescued us yet we doubt. Let us take the time to look upon our lives and not question the circumstances that we have faced but give thanks that God has brought us through them.
Let us look upon our lives with a new found wisdom that “all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
All things He will use to work for our good as we have been called. Thus let us remember in those moments God is at work and we are his craftsmanship. He will not abandon us nor forsake us.
Let us cast out doubt from our hearts and trust in the One who has saved us from the fires of hell.
Andy J. Starnes