My devotion encouraged me so much today that I had to write something about it!
It focused on Daniel chapter 3 , the most radical story in the bible! Three young men stayed committed to serving God only , and for that were punished to the fiery furnace to burn. Yet God walked with them through the fire.
Let me share with you what I got from this, and 3 things to take away from this story;
1. Be BOLD about the God you serve.
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
I do not want to be quiet about the things my God says to shout about, I pray for strength , and courage to proclaim the mighty works of the Lord. Even more to not give in to a world of influence , and peer pressure.
2. God will walk in the fires of our reality.
25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god[g]!”
Digging deeper into this verse, I understand that God strengths us in the fire. We might cry , we might be scared , but with him we can walk in a freedom knowing with God nothing of this world can touch us.
3. Others will be amazed , and affected by what God did in your life.
King Nebuchadnezzar was so amazed on how God saved these three young men ,not only did he fear God , he worshiped him at the beginning of chapter 4 for the things he was starting to do in the Kings life saying;
2 “I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the most High God has performed for me. 3 How great are his signs,
how powerful his wonders!
His kingdom will last forever,
his rule through all generations.
WOW. I don’t know about you all , but I know I want to have the boldness they have! I want my boldness to be so effective that it is changing the hearts of those around me, even those who don’t know him. My devotion used the word facts. The fact was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were about to die . YET , God was with them no matter the outcome. ( the TRUTH)
What are your realities’ today? What fires are you walking through that seem impossible? I encourage to read this story , and take those “realities” to God. He will walk with you through it all.