You don’t have to live near the Rocky Mountains long before you become very familiar with the concept of a forest fire. A small spark in the woods during the dry season can easily become a raging fire within moments. When something is that prone to fires, there’s little you can do to stop the flames.
However, did you know that as Christians we are incombustible? That’s right. We’re fire proof. Now, before you attempt to stand toe-to-toe with a forest fire like Smokey the Bear, let me explain. In the book of Daniel, three young men (Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego) stood opposed to the commandment of King Nebuchadnezzar. You may already know the story. The king had commanded everyone to worship the golden image which he had created, the three young Israelites refuse to forsake God in that way, the king lets them know they’ll be cast into a fiery furnace if they refuse and they stand their ground (for the longer and less confusing version you can turn to Daniel 3). After the king threatens them further, this is how they respond:
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Daniel 3:17-18
The three young men understood that as servants of God, they had protection from the fire. They knew that God could (and eventually did) protect them from whatever King Nebuchadnezzar would threaten. In the same way, God offers us protection when we choose to serve Him. That’s not to say we will never suffer harm in this life or that bad things can never happen. However, we need to understand that God has the power to protect us from the “fires” of this life. And, if we serve Him as He has commanded, one day God will give ultimate protection from the eternal fire that awaits those who reject God.
So strive to have an attitude like that of the three young men from the book of Daniel. If we do, God will make us IMCOMBUSTIBLE!
FYI: The idea of “Incombustible” was stolen from my brother. However, I’m fairly sure he stole it from the Bible so we’re even.