We are living in the time of exile, this world is not our home “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (Jh.17:16)
We are as Abraham, searching for a city whose builder and maker is God “for he looked for the city which hath the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb.11:10)
In times as these we need to bid one another to “glorify ye the Lord in the Fires.”
Let us encourage one another to glorify God in the fire, for the time will come we will return to the Father who made us.
It is our duty to glorify wherever we may. The worship of the one true God must be continued and celebrated wherever we are at.
Let us note the state here supposed. Trouble is often spoken as if it were accident, hereditary, taint, or the fault of other people.
The burden of life resting on us is overwhelming, unless we can see that God is in it “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 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.” (Dan.3:24,25)
Fire and water are both Scriptural figures of troubles, “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out in to a wealthy place.” (Psa. 66:12)
According to Job man is born unto troubles “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7) Although as Christian we are the favorite of heaven, yet we are entitled with all type of indulgence.
For us to think that we will never go through the fire is not scriptural.
Many of God’s people suffered affliction, “O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us.” (Psa, 60:1)
What is our duty in times of the fire? To Glorify the Lord.
We cannot add to God’s essential glory, but we can declare it; we can make it more fully and widely known, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (Pt.2:9)
God’s agency, recognizing that our trials has not come upon us by accident, but by his appointment or permission, “What shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10)
The wisdom of God regulate his correction and every circumstance connected with them. We come to know God never errs in time, the place, the kind, the instrument, are the continuance of the fire.
God has the power, to support us in the affliction, and in due season to deliver us from it.
The scripture minister to our faith his ability to help and deliver.
He is as near us as he was to his people of old, and we are as dear to him as they were.
The reasons for discharging this duty. We have learn to glorify God in the fire because it is our duty to honor.
God has permitted the fire to come upon us, yet he still remains our Creator, our Preserver, our Benefactor, Redeemer, and as such is entitled to the homage of our heart and life.
There is advantages that we may anticipate.
There will be light in time of darkness, guidance in time of perplexity, Protection in the hour of danger, strength in times of duty, consolation in the day of sorrow “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.(Heb.11:33,34)