There is an old story, yet true, of three Jewish teenagers. Their real names are hard to say, and spell, so let’s call them, Jerry, George, and Bob. Bob was kind of strange, but there were moments when he would say or do something that caused Jerry and George to laugh, so they accepted him.
Their country was currently controlled by a foreign government. Along with new rules to live by came a demand to conform to the foreign country’s religion. One that included worshiping before a golden idol of their god.
Jerry, George, and Bob believed in the one, true, God, but their faith was about to be put to an extreme test. When the king, of the foreign government, learned of their devotion to their God he demanded they bow down to the idol, or to be thrown into a fiery furnace.
“Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Said the king.
Bob spoke up with boldness in his voice and said, “King, 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 deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
This made the king so angry he ordered the furnace to be heated up seven times hotter. The three young men were tied up and when they were thrown into the furnace, three of the king’s guards died from the heat coming through the opening.
Then the king leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Yes, almighty God delivered Jerry, George and Bob from the fiery furnace, and from the hand of the king. As a result, the king ordered that all the land worship the one, true, God of Jerry, George, and Bob.
Last week I wrote about life’s problems, and your attitude toward them. I know that is easier said than done for some, or perhaps even most. But know this; when you are facing a storm, or even a trial that challenges your faith in God, look around for the Son of God who is in the fire with you.
He may say, “Peace be still” to your storm, he may extinguish the flames, or he may choose to walk through either with you. The bottom line is this;
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Your God has not forgotten you, or abandoned you. He has heard your prayers, and has counted every tear. He loves you more than you will ever know, and when you hurt, He hurts. We are created in his image, and so God does have emotions. Trust him.
(If you would like to read the above story for yourself, you can find it in the Bible; Daniel chapter 3.)
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