If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”Daniel 3:17-18, NASB
YHWH Adonai, You are the great and mighty God; the God who saves us and in whom is found compassion, mercy, justice, and forgiveness. Whether our lives are filled with difficulty or ease, You are good, for You are unchanging even in the midst of a world in constant flux. Our opinion of You has no effect on the reality of You, our God, nor do our feelings towards you make any difference in who You are. Thank You for Your solidity in an unstable world.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.Psalm 62:2
Today, we thank You for the many times You have rescued us from some disaster or kept us safe from some evil scheme. However, Lord, we also recognize that You do not always protect us in this world. Sometimes, terrible things happen. Sometimes there is sickness, terror, pain, sorrow, torment, and death.
Faith in You does not guarantee us a pain-free life. If anything, faith in You prepares us to take up our crosses, daily choosing to die to ourselves and follow You. Choosing faith in Christ means choosing to participate in His suffering, but also to participate in His ultimate exaltation. Choosing to follow Jesus also means declaring open war on the enemy of our souls, opening us up to a greater scale of attack from his forces as he seeks to destroy and discourage us.
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.Mark 8:34-35
Knowing this, we choose You anyway, Lord. You are able to rescue us from any danger, yet even if You do not, we will serve You. Our choice to give our lives to You is not based on what You do for us but on the fact that You are who You are. The King of kings; the Prince of peace; the Mighty God; the Beginning and the End; the Holy One. We serve You because You are our God and because we love You, and no scheme of hell nor pain of life can ever tear that away.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
And so it is that we praise You for saving us from ultimate and eternal disaster through the sacrifice of Jesus. Thank You that You chose to draw us to Him, to enable our hearts to trust in Him. Without Jesus, we would be doomed to the futility of our own poor choices now and eternal suffering, but in Christ, we are renewed and redeemed to be useful to You once more and promised eternal life in Your presence.
Use us, Lord, as You see fit. Give us an eternal hunger for You and for Your word, and pierce our hearts with sorrow for those who suffer in this world without the eternal hope we have in You. May this tenderness compel us to share Your truth boldly with others, pleading on our knees in intercession on their behalf that You might see fit to draw them to saving faith as well, amen.
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Wow! What you wrote about here is what I experienced today. God is having me get stronger against the enemy and his lies, and then he reminded me of a song he gave me called “Courageous,” where it talks about taking up our shield of faith and protecting against all evil. https://vimeo.com/112338495
I really do feel that my faith is being put to the fire, and that there is a real possibility that I may not be rescued from it, not in a sense of escaping the trial, and that I have to choose to stand strong against the enemy even if terrible things happen as a result. Because, when we stand on the truth, and we confront Satan’s lies, he doesn’t like it, and he fights back, so I fully expect that he will fight back, and it may get ugly, but that God will carry me through it, no matter what it is, because I put my faith fully in him. You wrote:
“May this tenderness compel us to share Your truth boldly with others, pleading on our knees in intercession on their behalf that You might see fit to draw them to saving faith as well, amen.”
Sometimes tenderness is expressed in strong ways. Tenderness is what led Jesus to turn the tables over in the temple and to drive out the money-changers. Tenderness is what led Jesus to expose the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, which eventually got him falsely accused of wrong doing and it got him hung on a cross to die. When we confront the enemy head on and we let him know we don’t buy into his lies it makes him angry. Now we better be sure though that we are doing this in the power of the Holy Spirit and that we are being led of God and not of our flesh. For, if God is leading, he will carry us through it all and he will give us the strength to endure the trial by fire. And, good will come from it.
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So true. We serve a good and mighty God, and He knows best. Always staying within His will, staying connected in prayer and in His Word – that’s the key to obeying Him instead of running off on my own.
A cousin of mine once pointed out that in the fiery furnace, the three Hebrew men had their bonds burned away but their clothes, hair, and bodies were untouched. It was the bonds that the king bound them with which were destroyed. This is also a good metaphor, for sometimes that fiery furnace burns away the last vestiges of the enemy’s lies that bind our hearts and purifies our faith….
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