Last Sunday while we were looking at verses 7-11, Matt and Lana Cretzman, were in North Carolina. They've been on deputation with their two daughters to go to the mission field of Cuba. Monday morning they were driving toward Ohio for a missions conference when they hit a patch of black ice on a bridge.
Later Matt described it like this,
"the back wheels started sliding around and it was almost as if there was a bulls eye on [their little 3 year old daughter] Azlynns door and she slid right into the pole. The windows exploded. The airbags blew out. And...umm... I held her in my arms as she took her last breath."
Just this week, Iran sentenced a 34 year old pastor and father of two, Yousef Nadarkhani, to be hanged for becoming a Christian.
Here are two Christian families in their late 20s and mid 30s, in Iran and NC. Both have two young children. Both are serving the Lord in full time Christian ministry. And yet God is allowing them to go through fiery trials.
This evening we conclude one of the key themes in this letter with the question: How can you, as a Christian, find joy in fiery trials?