There are times when I fear the future. Tell me I’m not alone. None of us know what tomorrow will bring but why is it that somedays, that brings more anxiety than normal?
This morning, while reading through the book of Daniel (as in: lions den), a story I’ve read a thousand times struck something new in my heart.
In chapter 3, we meet three men with odd names – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The king made a law refusing these men the right to worship their God, and instead, they were to bow before an enormous gold statue. (Think 90 ft tall by 10 ft wide.)
These guys were brave – they refused to betray their faith in God and found themselves bound and teetering on the edge of a fiery furnace turned up extra hot.
They stood before the king, their lives hanging in the balance and said right to his face.
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18
In the face of fear of tomorrow – we can have the confidence that these men had, that God will rescue us.
You know what happened to these guys?
Nothing and everything.
These three were tossed into that roaring fire – hotter than hot – and they came out unscathed, not even smelling of smoke.
While they were in the furnace, the king noticed FOUR men walking around and exclaimed, “The fourth looks like a god!”
Oh, is our God mighty.
After freeing the prisoners, the king said, “There is no other god who can rescue like this.” Daniel 3:29
These three heroes didn’t know how, or why, or what God was working out, but they knew He would rescue them. They knew he had a plan, that maybe this king would see how awesome and powerful God is.
He will rescue you too.
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