The Toasting

May 31, 2018
by Lynne Phipps

Daniel 3:4-6 – Then the herald loudly proclaimed, "This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace." (NIV)

The recipe that I was following called for toasted nuts. At one time, I wouldn't have bothered with the toasting process as I didn't think that it was that important. Through the cooking channel, however, I discovered that toasting the nuts brings out the fullness of their flavour. Thus, I have now become a faithful nut toaster.

God knows that toasting our faith also brings out the fullness of His presence within us. The apostle Paul identified this "toasting" as suffering:

Romans 5:3-4 – We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (NIV)

In the book of Daniel, we discover the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who, due to their refusal to bow down to the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, were toasted in a fiery furnace. Amidst the toasting, it was noted by the spectators that though three men had been cast into the fire, four men were in the flames, "and the fourth looks like a son of the gods" (Daniel 3:25b NIV). When the toasting was over, the three original men came forth unscathed, with not even the smell of fire upon them.

How this toasting experience must have strengthened Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's faith, perseverance, character, and hope! What a witness to the spectators as well! In fact, Nebuchadnezzar's whole kingdom felt the positive effect of the three men's faith, for he decreed, "The people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego [shall] be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way." (Daniel 3:29 NIV)

Yes, the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is able to rescue in this way, not only then, but even today, amidst whatever fiery furnaces of suffering that we may find ourselves cast within. Just as there was a fourth man in the fire with them so long ago, we, too, have Someone with us. For God, the one and only true God, has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5b, Deuteronomy 31:6b NIV)

Toasting nuts brings out the fullness of their flavour. Though there are those in this world who may think that Christians are just "nuts" — period — rest assured that it simply isn't true. Through God's fiery furnace of suffering and trial, we're nuts, full of perseverance, character, and hope. "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:5 NIV)

Prayer: Father God, we thank You in advance for any toasting experience that You may bring our way. We also thank You for the strength of Your Holy Spirit within us to keep us standing firm in our beliefs amidst such times or circumstances. We trust in Your power and love to bring about Your fullness within us, that others might also come to know You. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Lynne for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Love the analogy and your writing style. Thank you for sharing your incites. Blessings on your day.


    Thank you for your Devotional’s over the years. I have enjoyed them and I particularly enjoyed the reference to toasting us. Wonderful image.


    Excellent analogy, amazing actually, and a healthy snack all wrapped up in clear message of perseverance. Face the Lion, or whatever is in your face and know Jesus is with me. (My analogy based on yours). Thanks.


    HI Lynne
    This was a great one. I never really thought about the importance of roasting nuts either until now. I thought it was to maybe make them crunchier…who knew?
    Thanks and God bless.


    Lynne
    You have a gift of taking ordinary everyday events and infusing them with spiritual meaning.
    That is very special and I appreciate it very much.
    Every time I make toast your message will come to mind!


    Oh, I did enjoy your homily this morning. Much food for thought! Thanks for sharing. I have sent it on to others for their enjoyment.
    Blessings abundant on your day today Lynne.
    (Ontario)


    Hi Lynne.
    As usual, very good, yes we are looked on as “nuts” by some. Thank you for your devotion. I was just talking to my minister last night and told him how I find yours so good.
    Blessings.


    Lynne,
    From one “nut” to another…
    Very powerful devotional today. Feeling blessed by the many layers of insights you’ve so cleverly included. I’ll be reminded of these lessons every time I skip “unnecessary” steps while preparing meals. Keep on inspiring and sharing God’s love with others.
    Blessings.


    Dear Lynne – what a wonderful analogy! You’ve brought such a smile to my day. Just recently I was “toasted” by my husband and, as usual, my reaction was totally human!!! Hard to believe that I still haven’t learned to “call on the Lord” in the immediate heat of the moment.
    Anger and self-protection come so readily – why oh why doesn’t the pause, and the call to Him for the right words, come as easily??? It’s always so upsetting!! Your picture of being toasted for God’s sake will stay with me I think! I LOVE “pictures” of the Truth. God bless!
    (PS I’ve never bothered with the toasting either! No wonder we miss out on a lot of the best flavours of True Life if we can’t be bothered with the details of Gods Word!!).


    Thank you for a wonderful reminder of God’s working in our lives.
    Blessings.


    Thank you, Lynne.
    What an inspiring devotion! Please do keep writing.


    Thank you for a wonderful reminder of God’s working in our lives.
    Blessings.


    Hi Lynn,
    Thank you for your devotional. I really enjoyed it.
    Blessings.


    Dear Lynne,
    Yes, thank God for toasting us.
    A FULL devotional of God’s power, Lynne.
    Somehow, I feel that I know you from reading so many of your devotionals.
    Looking forward to meeting you in heaven,


    Fun.

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