If we are thrown in to the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. Daniel 3: 17
I am sorry that I have not posted more as of late. So many things have taken my attention from the blog... but not from God's word and presence. I love that technology affords me the scripture at the touch of a button and so grateful that His presence is with me everywhere!
I have always loved the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. It was a childhood favorite of mine, and still is! The faith these men had in God still humbles me!
Can you imagine the thoughts that went through the minds of these three? The astrologers and the King were full of threats... threats to end their lives in a horrible way. But nothing was enough to convince these three to compromise the integrity of their faith or their convictions! (Would we be so strong?)
Instead of changing their minds and giving into the fear... they gave bold and unhesitating witness to their trust and faith in the ONE TRUE GOD! They had no doubt that God would save them. We serve the ONLY GOD, who is able to save His people from every situation. Our hope is in THE GOD who is our salvation, refuge and strength.
But there is another part of the story... the next verse.. "But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." (v18) Wow...amazing! These men knew without a doubt that God was able... but they also knew God had a choice and in that choice there would be a greater reason... if God did not save them. They did however, want to make it crystal clear, that the king understood... whether God saved them or not... they would only worship THE GOD. God who said... I Am, that I Am. There is no God but Me!
They had unconditional faith and trust in God... totally loyalty. They possessed a faith and trust in God REGARDLESS of what God actually did for them, and REGARDLESS of the consequences. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we are tested. Sometimes we are tested beyond what we can even fathom to withstand. However, we must realize that we have a God who saves.
As I continue on this journey, I have confidence in MY GOD who will save me. It may not be my "way" or my "plan".. but I have learned that I can only see the small picture... and I have learned to trust God to know the "BIG" picture. I am thankful (although not so much at the time) of the hardships and trials that God has allowed me to go through. I am stronger in my faith. I am deeper in my commitment to following Him. I have a greater testimony. I can witness His greatness and ability to see me through. These things, however hard and horrible at the time, continue to shape me and the person God wants me to be.
So to the "king"..... I say.... the God we serve is able to save me... BUT if He doesn't... make no mistake... I will never bow down to worship any but HIM.