Hottest Before the Breakthrough

A white hot trial usually intensifies right before your breakthrough.

It’s like your circumstance have been smoldering at a high heat level for awhile and then suddenly oxygen reaches the coals of your struggle and flames leap out.

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The potential disaster that has been threatening you begins to prophecy your demise.

The closer you draw to the breaking point, the more intense the heat.

In Daniel 3, we are introduced to the fiery trial of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

These three Jewish men who were living in exile as bond servants and slaves to a foreign government did everything required of them with excellence except give their worship to a golden statue.

They were offered an opportunity to escape the consequences of their disobedience if only they would bend their knee to the statue.

Otherwise, they would be burned alive in a fiery furnace.

We pick up with their story in Daniel 3.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “Your threat means nothing to us.

If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king.

We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”

Then the trial intensified.

The enemy had the fire stoked seven times hotter.

The fire was so hot that it killed the servants responsible for placing the men in the fire.

The king himself tells us what happens next in Daniel 3:24-28.

“Suddenly King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm and said, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound hand and foot, into the fire?”

“That’s right, O king,” they said.

“But look!” he said. “I see four men, walking around freely in the fire, completely unharmed! And the fourth man looks like a son of the gods!”

Nebuchadnezzar went to the door of the roaring furnace and called in, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the High God, come out here!”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked out of the fire

Fiery trials strengthen our faith.

In the moments when we are beyond our own ability to alter the outcome or circumstances, we begin to rest in God’s strength. As we walk through the fire, others recognize that God is with us. In the end, we we walk out of the fire too.

Every trial does not end with the miracle we were believing for. God will rescue us from the threatened outcome of the trial or He won’t. Either way, the presence of Christ in the midst of the fire will preserve us.

Our real breakthrough is not found in a release from our trial, but in the intimate and personal care of Jesus.

If you or someone you love is discouraged because their situation is increasingly difficult or seemingly endless, encourage them to hold on.

It’s hottest before the breakthrough.

The greater the intensity of the heat the closer Christ draws to us.

If it’s hot, then grow steadfast.

Fiery trials are often the doorway to a miraculous turn around.

When you walk through fire with the “fourth man” (Jesus), your persecution, oppression, pain, loss or fear have no power over you.