Reading: Job 1:6-12
Abel and Marcus loved camping out on the farm that Abel’s grandfather owned. They were going to spend the night in their tree house in Grandfather’s back yard. Grandfather had built a little fire in a pit so that they could roast marshmallows before going to bed. The three of them sat around the fire and listened to owls hooting around them.
As Grandfather leaned over to stir the coals with a stick, he suddenly asked the boys, “How would you like to step into that fire?”
“I wouldn’t!” said Abel, and Marcus agreed.
“Do you remember the story of the fiery furnace from Daniel chapter three?”
“Yes,” said Marcus. “Daniel’s three friends had to go into it because they wouldn’t worship the idol that the king had built.”
“They had a great faith. Do you remember what they said to the king before he threw them into the furnace?” Abel and Marcus couldn’t remember, so Grandfather told them, “They said that God would save them from the furnace, but even if He did not, they wouldn’t bow down to the idol. They were ready to die in that furnace.”
“But God did save them, didn’t He, Grandfather? He sent an angel to stand in the furnace with them.”
“That’s right.” Grandfather added another stick to the fire. “Why did God not send a lightning bolt down to kill the king, or to destroy the furnace? Why did He allow the three friends to be throw in?”
“I don’t know,” said Marcus. “I guess God could have also spoken to the king and told him not to throw them in.”
Grandfather nodded. “Sometimes God lets us get thrown into a fire. We have to go through trials and problems, just like Daniel’s three friends.
“God did that to Job also, remember. Job had to go through so many trials. But God was with him, just like He was with Daniel’s friends, and just like He will be with us. God helps us and stays beside us no matter what comes our way. Sometimes we have to fight satan, but we never have to fight alone.”
For Further Study:
- Satan is our enemy, and satan uses things in this world to hurt us and discourage us. Do you think of this world as an enemy? God said not to love this world. 1 John 3:13 says that the world will hate us because we love God. Read Ephesians 6:12-18 to see all the things God has given us to fight our enemies. He has not left us unarmed. Pray to God to help you keep learning and becoming wise, so that you will see your enemy coming and have your weapons ready to fight him!
- Read Ephesians 6:18. What does it mean to “be on the alert” (some versions say “be watchful”)? How can you be more alert for God?