Sometimes it can all seem too much.

Life can be overwhelming at times, especially as the realities of what is going on across the world begins to hit home at a local level, on top of all the other pressures and problems that come our way anyway.

It’s at these times that can begin to wonder whether we might be at risk of burn out.

But the truth is that the fire you thought would consume you was was actually meant to refine you.

God’s promise to each of us is that even when we literally walk through the flames of hardship, that we will not be consumed:

‘But now… listen to the Lord who created you… “Do not be afraid… I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT/ NIV)

Regardless of how out of control your emotions might be, regardless of how hopeless your situation might be, there is always hope in God. He is the one who walks with us and will see us through the walls of fire that seek to consume and destroy.

But rather than taking us out of the fire, God will use it to refine us:

‘So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.’ – 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT)

Although God cares about our comfort, He cares much more about our faith, because it is only by faith that we can live in victory, overcome every battle and step into the purposes of God.

So rather than giving up, tapping out or lowering your head, choose to do the opposite and press on, stay in the game and lift your head to the one who will never let the flames consume you, but allow them to refine you!

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