“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 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.” – Daniel 3:16-18
This was the response that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego gave to King Nebuchadnezzar when he went to throw them into a fiery furnace for not bowing down and worshiping the gold statue he made of himself. Wow…such faith…
This passage stopped me in my tracks as I read it. What faith these men had, to be faced with being put in a hot furnace and respond with such boldness. I don’t know if I could do that. I lack this bold faith in my life daily and I’m not facing a fiery furnace.
I lack faith when I start to worry about the future, or when money just seems to not be enough for the month. I lack this kind of faith when things aren’t going well at work and there is a threat of job loss. I lack this bold faith when there are troubles that only God can handle.
I’m slowly learning, or shall I say grasping, that God really is in control of everything. He does not let anything happen to us that he has not allowed. He is the only one who is in control of the outcome. He may or may not handle it the way we would like, but we are just a small part of a much bigger plan. I like to believe that we need to go through difficult things because either we need to learn something, experience God in a different way, or it is meant to encourage someone else.
I would love to have the faith that these men had. To know and stand boldly before my accusers, my fears, my trials, my illnesses, my struggles, and declare that my God is in control. My God has the authority to deliver me, but if he chooses not to, I will praise him anyway.
One step at a time. One trial at a time. One struggle, one illness at a time. My faith will get stronger as I learn to lean on his word and his promises.
Until next time…