Stand; Stories of Courage. We just wrapped up this amazing series so do yourself a favor and listen.
This week, we find ourselves in Daniel 3. King Nebuchadnezzar had a gigantic golden statue made of him and set forth a decree that when the music played, everyone must fall down and worship the statue and whomever refused, would be thrown into the furnace. (I can’t imagine a fiery death. We live in a 2 story house and I have kept myself up many nights stressing over the fact that a fire could break out downstairs and my fire alarms won’t go off and my daughters will burn up before we get to them. True story ya’ll, I didn’t make that up for dramatic effect.)
Three boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (I’ll refer to them as SMA from now on to avoid a finger cramp) refused to worship the statue because their God was the God of Israel, the ONE.TRUE.GOD. The God who raises little girls from the dead, the God who heals the lame, the God who forgives and the God who saves. They had such faith that they knew without a doubt that their God would save them from the fire.
The king was furious with them and ordered the furnace to be heated 7 times hotter. The fire was so hot that it killed the soldiers who threw SMA in. When the King looked in he saw 4 men walking around in the fire unbound. The King described the fourth man as looking like a god; and he was so amazed he called them to come out. It was as if SMA hadn’t been in the fire at all! Neither their clothes, hair nor bodies were harmed.
Three men were thrown in but the King saw 4 men unbound. The fourth man was God. As much as SMA didn’t want to go in the fire God allowed it anyway. God did not abandon them in their darkest hour tho. He didn’t magically turn on the sprinkler system and make the fire go out or have fireproof suits appear. No, SMA stayed in the fire BUT they weren’t alone. God was with them! He stayed and loved and protected them from the fire that were were walking in. When they were thrown in the fire, they were firmly bound. When they came out they were unbound. The King was using the fire to kill them. God was using the fire to unbind them.
What fire are you walking through? If you’re lucky, you’re not in a fire BUT don’t get comfortable; one’s coming. God never promised us an easy life. In fact, He straight up tells us it’s gonna be hard. “In this world, you will have trouble but take heart, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Take heart, I have overcome the world. That’s the promise of a loving God, of a God who saves.
You may feel like you’re walking around alone, unloved or unseen, like God has totally abandoned you and is ignoring your prayers and face down on the ground pleads for help. You may feel like He’s making you suffer for that bad choice you made or that good deed you didn’t do…HE ISN’T, please believe that. The very thing you are praying to be delivered from, God will use to deliver you.
If you are in a fire right now, face it head on! It sucks I know, but you’re not alone and you will get through it. God is right there with you and you will come out stronger and better!
Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain!