Ephesians 3:19-21 Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with everything God has for you. With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.
I was thinking about another story this morning when this verse popped into my head. I was over in Daniel 3 reading again the story of the three Hebrew boys who refused to bow to the idol the king had made. Verse 16-18 says; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to explain these things to you. 17 If you throw us into the hot furnace, the God we serve can save us. And if he wants to, he can save us from your power. 18 But even if God does not save us, we want you to know, King, that we refuse to serve your gods. We will not worship the gold idol you have set up.”
These boys were fully persuaded that their God was more than able to deliver them, they weren’t afraid of the fiery trial they faced or of the ability of the king to take their lives. They established that when they made this statement to Nebuchadnezzar. They would not bow to the ways of this king, the ways of this world or the life it promised. They didn’t care if it cost them their lives, they trusted their God.
How many of us when faced with our fiery trials have reacted this way? How many have stood toe to toe with this world and said, “I will not adapt to your ways or bow to your gods even if you put me in jail, take my children away or take my life? I have stood and watched as the church yields her freedom of speech and worship while others in lands far away have forfeited their lives for Jesus. They refused to bow. Where are the children of the one true God? Where are their voices? Why do they tolerate? I didn’t say hate people, I said don’t tolerate evil. Don’t let it in your homes, don’t let it in your ears, don’t allow your children to succumb to it. Be fully persuaded that our God is well able to deliver us. He sent us into the world to be light, not to hide under the blanket of self deception, calling things good that are evil. We need to KNOW the truth, that is our only chance to have true freedom.
The king in his anger had them bound and thrown into the furnace after he had made it 10 time hotter. Sometimes when we do right, the repercussions are extreme but hold on, Gods about to show up. Remember the first verses in Ephesians I put up there? “With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.” Bet those boys never expected Jesus to show up in the fire with them. Ever wonder what kind of faith would allow them to see the son of God even before he was born of a virgin thousands of years later? Heres what the king said, “Then Nebuchadnezzar went to the opening of the hot furnace. He shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, come out! Servants of the Most High God, come here!”
He declared that they were servants of the Most High God. WOW! It may get mighty hot for you for a season but know this, God is with you to do big things through you so that His Name may be known on the earth. Don’t bow! Don’t bend! Then it will be written in history that you didn’t burn up but burned bright.