a lot to learn from three men in a fire.

I’ve heard the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego many times.  I’m pretty sure I sang a song about them in Sunday school.  But yesterday, I learned something new about these three Godly men, something that never caught my attention before.  The pastor at church quoted this verse during his sermon.  I’ve added bold letters to the part that struck me the most.

“If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 Holman Christian Standard Version).

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day – I’ve gotta say, THAT’S LOVE.  I wrote a post two weeks ago on my experience of love and the challenge true love really requires.  Ok, that post PALES in comparison to this one.  I have to look at my own life after reading and re-reading (and re-reading) this verse and ask myself, “Hmm…if I was facing the flaming inferno of a hot-as-hell furnace and I knew God could save me but also recognized the reality that He may chose not to, would I still express my fullest dedication, faith, and allegiance to Him?”  God clearly states that our faith can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).  He also says that this level of faith without love makes us the equivalent of NOTHING (I Corinthians 13:2).  I think that’s because, even though we may possess the faith to move mountains, God doesn’t promise that He’ll actually move the mountain.  It’s just a possibility.  So, without expressing love – the willingness to cling to God with our fullest capacity even when the mountain doesn’t budge – we’re nothing.

So hard.  So worth it.  Thanks boys for the lesson.

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2 Responses to a lot to learn from three men in a fire.

  1. jamesgorton says:

    Thats true dedication to the Lord in recognizing his ability to save them but realizing that whether he did or didn’t they were committed to Him. How much we can learn from the Old Testament. Thanks Deb for the insight.

  2. Sarah says:

    I love this post. I used to believe I had a pretty solid faith that was rooted and grounded in a lifetime of relationship with God. . .until I got thrown into the fire, and then how quickly my faith went up in smoke! I’m so thankful for a God who didn’t leave me when I was in the fire, who drew me to him even though I was angry and scared and doubted him. It’s easy to have faith when things are rosy, but it’s not so easy when we’re in the fire. Yet that’s exactly what we’re called to do. After all, what good is our faith if it doesn’t sustain us in both good times and bad times? I have found tremendous comfort in the example of Job –

    “. . .the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21

    “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10

    “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. . .” Job 13:15
    (King James version)

    Thanks for the reminder yet again that God is always in charge, no matter what. Just because God doesn’t choose to rescue us out of the fire, we can still have faith and dedication to him and know he loves us from beginning to end and will never leave us or forsake us.

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