Into the fire....

On Sunday we were looking at three men who faced almost certain death for refusing to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's golden statue (Daniel 3).  The pressure to compromise was immense - King Nebuchadnezzar was a mighty king of the mighty Babylonian empire, everyone else was bowing down, they were caught for their failure to bow down and worship the statue. King Nebuchadnezzar gave them one more chance, what would they do? Couldn't they just pretend to bow down - adjust their sandal strap?! Couldn't they just say it was part of their official job but that in their hearts they weren't bowing down? No, they would not bow down, they didn't know what would happen, but they knew God could to deliver them (v17). But, they didn't know if God would deliver them.  They knew he was powerful enough, but didn't know whether it was his will to rescue them or not.  They knew this:

There’s something more important than knowing what’s going to happen - knowing the God whose in control of it all, and knowing that he’s good. 

Incredibly God delivered them from the fire, but the miracle had happened long before they were rescued from the fire. The miracle had happened when they decided to trust and obey God no matter what the outcome. 

Where's it hard for us to trust and obey today? When the pressure hits, do we still trust and obey?  Staggeringly, we have more reason than Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to trust and obey for we have seem the undeniable proof of God's power and love displayed at the cross.  When we're tempted to question whether or not God is loving or powerful in the trials we are in, we need to look no further than the cross of Christ. There we see how much God loves us, that he gave his only Son to die instead of us, and we see his power, power in defeating sin, death and the devil. 

How can we learn to trust and obey God in all situations? Tomorrow, I'll post an incredible story of someone who helped his daughter to do this. 

This Sunday, we'll be looking at Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar has another dream, and something remarkable happens!  Come along to Ballyhaise at 10am or Killoughter at 11:30am for another all-age summer service, all welcome! And if you have any ideas for hymns, songs that fit in with Daniel 4 or your children would be happy to do a reading or to pray, please do let me know.