Every moment of my lift
God, You never left my side
Every valley, every storm
You were there, You were there
I don’t need to know what’s next
You’ll be with me every step
Through it all, through it all
I can see You carry me
My niece’s favorite book is her children’s Bible. Every time we ask her to bring us a book to read, she goes straight to her Bible and hands it to us. I’ve been with her this past week, and the one story I keep stumbling on is of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. This is a great story of three men who experienced God by their side in their most desperate time of need. They blindly entered a situation that could have ended their lives, and they did it in complete faith. Maybe God isn’t calling you to walk into a fiery furnace, but are you willing to go into what He has set before with faith that He will carry you?
In Daniel 3, we see the story of King Nebuchadnezzar who made a golden image and then demanded all the people to bow down and worship it. It was declared that anyone who did not worship this image would be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were just appointed by the King to be over the administration of the province of Babylon, stood firm in their faith and chose not to bow down to the King’s golden image. I’m sure this story is familiar to many of us, but after listening to the song of the week, I felt this story was fitting for my post. The Bible does not tell us much about how the three men felt about their position or conversations that led to such a major decision. However, we can see through their actions that they chose to declare to King Nebuchadnezzar and to the people around them that they served and worshiped only one true God. Their act of faith and determination could have cost them their lives, but it was evident that their love for God was more important than any earthly punishment they would receive.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire. 27 The satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.
God not only protected them from the fiery furnace, He walked beside them as they endured this trial. Maybe our stories are not as dramatic or dangerous as that of these men, but do you have faith like them? In times of trial they didn’t worry or argue, they simply had faith. Their actions pointed to God and because of their convictions, His name was glorified. The song of the week states that in every trial and storm, He is there. Even when we don’t know what the outcome will be, we know He will carry us through. These three brave men did not know what would happen next, but they trusted in a God who had carried them through trials before. They believed He would do the same as they walked through the furnace.
You may be going through a difficult trial right now and may not know what your future holds. I encourage you to read through Daniel 3 today and pray that God would speak to you through this trial. We aren’t always told what tomorrow holds, but when we put our faith and trust in Him, we have to believe that He will carry us through our storms. The decision of these three men led to God’s name being glorified. The King recognized God’s power and the lives of these men were saved. I pray that in the midst of your struggles and trials, you can look to Him, for comfort and strength. Seek Him and you will find Him. Know that He loves you. Your simple act of faith will not only be a blessing to you, but it will be a blessing to the world around you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1: 3-9