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Through the fire
God covers me with His protection during times of attacks, so that I will not be burned or scorched. It is these times of trials and tribulations that I must look to my faith, which directs me to walk by the unseen (that which I know to be God’s Truth), and not by what I see or feel with my natural eyes and my flesh (2 Corinthians 5:7). The Hebrew word for “burned” is kavah (pr. kaw-vaw), meaning “prick, penetrate, blister, and “scorch” is baar (pr. baw-raw), and is “consume by fire or eating.”
If we look at the origin of “flame,” it comes from the Hebrew term lahebeth (pr. lah-eh-beth) which is “a flame, head of a spear.” The Farflex Dictionary defines the head of a spear as “any person or entity that leads or initiates an attack.” Have I been on the receiving end of an unwarranted and unfair verbal attack ? Have I been falsely accused, with some ugly things said about me? I have two choices: I can either let these allegations or circumstances eat me alive, or I can trust God to be my defense, and protect me by not allowing these words to penetrate and blister my soul; thus having no affect on me. Whether they are false and hurtful words spoken, or circumstances such as a job loss, foreclosure, eviction, loss of a loved one, or any other event brought on by the world or the enemy, it doesn’t have to eat me alive; in truth, it only will if I let it by letting go of God.
Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, chose to trust God completely to deliver them. Daniel Chapter 3 tells us that when these young men were pulled out of the fire (which was made seven times hotter just to be sure they would be consumed); not only were they alive and well, but furthermore “They [king and guards] saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them” (Daniel 3:27b). Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords who promises that He is with me always (Matthew 28:20).