Shared, Not Spared
by Michael S. Tyrrell
April 13, 2021
Hey there Wholetonians!
None of us like going through tough times, but they are a part of life; that’s a certainty. We have the mountains and we have the valleys…all part of this journey we’re trekking on.
That doesn’t necessarily make us look forward to the valleys and the difficulties, but let’s take a look at a few of the times God allowed His people to go through extremely tough circumstances.
When the children of Israel were being chased by Pharaoh's armies, God could have rained fire from heaven and stopped the enemies right in their tracks. But He didn’t. And rather than doing an “I Dream of Jeannie” blink to transport them to the other side of the sea, God parted the waters and had them walk through to the other side. I’m sure it took a long time. I’m sure it was uneven ground. I’m sure it was exhausting. I would imagine that the whole time they were walking between the walls of water, they were still very afraid. Now, not only were they terrified of their pursuers, but now they might be terrified that the waters might come crashing down on them. Maybe they were praying, “Oh God, please don’t destroy us and please don’t let us be destroyed!”
But He was with them, and He got every one of His people to the other side safely.
When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego bravely refused to worship the Chaldean king’s idol in the book of Daniel, chapter 3, God could have saved them from the king’s wrath and made fire come out of their eyes to destroy the idol. But He didn’t. He allowed them to be tied up and thrown into a burning, fiery furnace. But guess what? He was with them. The king saw a fourth man walking in the fire with them. The fire burned the ties that had them bound, but it didn’t touch them. The scriptures say that when the three men came out of the fire, not one hair on their heads was singed, nor did they even smell like smoke!
When Daniel was set up by his peers because of their jealousy, they made it so that by obeying God, Daniel would have to disobey the king and therefore be put to a gruesome death–death by being lowered into a den of hungry lions. God didn’t spare Daniel from the lions’ den. What He DID do, was to send an angel in there with him to shut the lions’ mouths and not allow them to even touch Daniel.
In all these cases, none were spared of a very scary and hard ordeal, but God shared in the experience with them and walked them through it, not allowing them to be destroyed.
Maybe you’re not being chased by an army, walking under thundering, powerful waves, or getting thrown into a furnace or den of hungry lions, but whatever your trial is, I’m sure it has you praying for protection and saving.
If you and I are God’s children, He has promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. We may walk through difficult circumstances, but they won’t destroy or devour us. He is with us; He won’t allow it.
Let’s trust Him through our trials.
God bless you, my friends!
Michael S. Tyrrell
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