[CF Devotionals] 2019-05-29 - Can You Take the Heat?

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“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” (According to BrainyQuote.com , credited to Harry S. Truman as a possible source of origin).

When I was in the eighth grade, our family was eating dinner one night, and my brother - a few years my senior - was doing what a brother will often do-annoying his little sister. He got me wound up about something, and the next thing I knew, the above quote come out this way, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the chicken!” My faux pas was followed by roaring laughter, with me feeling simultaneously ridiculous and angry. My own quote choice, badly fumbled, had me wanting to leave the kitchen table-not something tolerated during our family meals. Dissent was not an excuse to leave, and in no way solved most problems.Besides, the fact that it backfired on me was really my own fault. And having caved during a bit of sibling good-spirited teasing, I had proof of my not being a shining example of grace under pressure.

President Truman’s quote version was one of his favorite sayings (https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/get-out-of-the-kitchen.html). He was not a man to take on a job without expecting the heat to be turned up on him at times. Even as a U.S. Senator, he found himself turning up the heat in such cases as speaking directly to the War Industries Board regarding the Government’s ability to serve the public, while not asking Industrialists to give up their huge salaries - but expecting young men to risk their lives on the battlefield. (America: A History of the United States by Norman K. Risjord. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1985.) As a representative of the state of Missouri, this was one of the ways he connected to those who had elected him. During his time in public service, there was an echo of those with whom he promised to serve in the work he accomplished. (Other examples of his work can he found here: Harry Truman's Accomplishments) Those who endeavor to lead the country as senators, congressmen and the president all include an oath of office. The oath is a promise to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in doing so, they will all find themselves in circumstances where the heat is turned up. Being Ambassadors of a country carries a weighty responsibility-like it or not.

As Ambassadors of Christ, upholding God’s truth in word and deed is a battle that also includes many instances of having the heat turned up. Accepting the Savior as our guide, making the sacrifice of letting go of anything holding us back, and putting on the whole armor of God, we can take the heat because God protects us as we do battle for Him. Are you doing battle for God? Do you feel as though you cannot take the heat? Well, He can.

“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:22-24 KJV)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,…” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV)

“Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.” (Daniel 3:14-30 KJV)

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