True Faith

If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.

Daniel 3:17-18 NKJV


Midweek thoughts


During our church’s Bible study on Tuesday night, I had the privilege to lead out in the study of Daniel 3.  I love the story of the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace.  There is so much to learn and apply to our own lives today.  The above verse is my favorite. 

When faced with certain death, the three did not approach it with fear, but assurance.  Not with assurance that God would save them, even though they knew He could, but assurance that God’s will would be done.  I’m sure they did not want to die at that moment or that way, who would?  But they still faced it with the assurance that God was the only true God, and they would not bow down to any other.  They placed their faith completely in God, whether He saved them or not.

Can we do this?  I often wonder if I would, in the face of certain death, be able to stand firm with God.  The ability to do this comes from our relationship with our Heavenly Father and placing all our faith completely in Him.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

Isaiah 43:2 NKJV

We need to always find comfort in the Lord and His word.  I leave this with words written in a Sabbath School quarterly study on the book of Daniel, January 23, 2020, by Elias Brasil de Souza.  “Indeed, true faith, as manifested by Daniel’s friends, is measured by the quality of our relationship with God and it’s resulting absolute confidence in God.  Authentic faith does not seek to bend God’s will to conform to our will; rather, it surrenders our will to the will of God.” The three Hebrews decided to do the right thing despite the consequences.  “We show real faith when we pray to the Lord for what we want but trust Him to do what’s best for us, even if at the time we don’t understand what is happening or why.”

Our relationship with God is most important!  Praise God for His faithfulness!

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