October 03, 2010

Even If He Does Not


Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego found themselves in a situation that was not of their making. (Daniel 3) It was also a situation that they could not control. This was literally out of their hands.
Yet they did have a choice when facing this fiery trial.

They chose to trust God.

The three men believed that God would rescue them – either by sparing them from the fiery furnace or by taking them to heaven if they died in the fire.

“But even if he does not …” (vv. 17 and 18)

In life there are times when we obey God, almost incidentally. We do what God wants us to do because it feels good and it was something that we wanted to do anyway.

But what about those times when we do what God requires and it doesn’t feel good? Not only that, there is no outward sign of God’s blessing?

It is in circumstances like these that our faith is tested.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had no time to withdraw, to pray or to prepare. They walked straight into the scorching fire.

Isn’t that how some circumstances are? We are overtaken quickly by them without warning.

We know in our hearts and minds that the fire will not last forever but the pain of the journey seems so long.

What do we do when we are in the fire?

• Be patient

• Pray

• Don’t let Satan use it to his advantage

• Realize that God is with you in the "furnace"

God’s power is not diminished neither does His faithfulness fail
when we walk through the flames.

In circumstances like these, He does bring relief, not from it, but through it.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 43: 2 (New Living Translation)

He brings relief when we realize that He is right there beside us.  He never leaves us alone.

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