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God Is Still With You

In spite of the short-term problems wildfires might cause, scientists say fires nourish the earth, increase ecosystem diversity and restore balance. Following a fire, plant life in forests and fields comes back stronger and more lush than before. Ponderosa Pine trees actually need fire to germinate their seeds and stimulate growth. Experts even perform “controlled burns” to get rid of overgrowth that can kill.

God loves and values His children more than the lilies of the field or the birds of the air (Matthew 6:25-34). So when we suffer through a fire, He remains with us and He restores us. He uses the fire to make us stronger than before and bring us even more joy.

In the book of Ruth, Naomi suffers the loss of her married sons. But she remains faithful and obedient, even when her circumstances feel hopeless. Eventually, Naomi is restored when she is able to help raise Ruth’s son, Obed, who takes care of Naomi in her old age and becomes King David’s grandfather (Matthew 1).  

The Bible says God works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). When we know this, we will continue to seek His guidance and be obedient, even when it feels like life is a forest fire. As we put our trust in Him, we clear the way for Him to make positive changes in our circumstances — to make everything beautiful.  

Reflect:

  • What challenge or trial are you experiencing now? Are you looking to God, trusting that He will restore you?
  • What area of your life might God be asking you to perform a “controlled burn” to clear the way for Him to work?
  • What step do you need to take so God can help you flourish? Do you need to join a group? Do you need to read your Bible and spend quiet time with the Lord?

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