The test of trusting God
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3 made up their minds not to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. When the king knew of their defiance through his officials, he called for them and the three verbally confirmed to the King that they were not going to bow to the statue as he had decreed. The King instructed for the fiery furnace to be heated seven times hotter before they were thrown in.
When they were thrown into the fiery furnace, to the King’s surprise, he saw four men comfortably walking in the fire instead of the three who were thrown in. According to the King, the fourth man looked like ‘Jesus’. This prompted the King to call up for their removal from the fire. They came out unscathed and without a stench of smoke. The intensity of the same fire consumed all the officials who executed the King’s orders to remove the young men from the fire. Thereafter, King Nebuchadnezzar promoted them and declared that their God was the God to be worshiped by all.
What about us? What does God require of us? He desires that we trust Him to rescue us in those situations that are too difficult to handle ourselves. The question is, can we fully rely on His word that He will show up on time? Remember when Lazarus died, and Jesus came after four days and rose him from the dead? He was still on time because his timing is not like ours. God is faithful and will see us through the challenges we face today.
As a result of Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego’s trust and allegiance to God, the King’s decree was reversed to have everyone acknowledge their God as the one true God to be worshiped by all under his rulership.
- Do you desire to please God or self or others?
- Do you trust God to fight for you?
- Do your actions lead people to Christ?
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. Hosea 14:9 (ESV)
Father thank you because you are always on time. Thank you for fighting our battles and giving us victory. Help us not to lose trust in you because we have seen your faithfulness even when situations seemed impossible. We are grateful that you love and care for us. Amen