Fighting the Fires of our lives:

“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God,” (Isaiah 43:2-3).

As a firefighter, we look at fire differently than anyone else. Everyone else sees a tragedy whereas we see an opportunity: an opportunity to make a difference, to apply our skills, and to give back to the community.

In the world of firefighting, the words “control time” mean to stop the forward progress of the incident. We work diligently to stop the fire from spreading and preventing any further harm or damage.

As an experienced firefighter, we approach the job with a sense of calm and perform our duties almost fearlessly. This is not due to blind courage but due to years of experience, training, and application that has provided us with the confidence to do the job all the while remembering the inherent danger of it.

In our lives, we can take comfort that God promises to walk with us through the trials and protect us. He will bring a “control time” back to our lives. For He promises:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1b)

As we face down tragedy, the fires of life, and all of the problems that may come our way let us apply the same perspective as if we were responding to a call. This moment of our life will turn from trial to opportunity. An opportunity for so much more than we can imagine of perceive.

During the trials of our lives, take a moment to look at them from God’s perspective:

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

Each trial or test that we face may cause us great pain but if we would yet endure we will be made “perfect and complete lacking nothing.” By placing our hope in God and not giving up we achieve a new level of endurance, a new found strength, and when the next trial comes we are ready and able to help others in the midst of our own crisis.

So Let us take a new look at trials and view them as fires. This is not our first fire and it will not be our last. Each fire that we face WILL be extinguished; some take longer and cause more damage but in the end we have the confidence that:

“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God,” (Isaiah 43:2-3).

Each fire that we go through we learn, we grow, and out faith becomes stronger.

Let us then walk with confidence, knowing that God is with us through all of the fires of life.

Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries


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