When Tough Times Come
Verse 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.
Yesterday we talked about how we needed to hold close to God as our refuge just as Jesus did while on the cross. Today we take a detour for an example of some men who did this that weren’t Christ so that we can know that we, as humans, can hold to Him in the toughest trials that will come our way.
This story is a favorite of many, even the youngest among us. We like to see how God does this great miracle but often forget to look at the event from the guys living it. These three Jewish men had been captured when they were young men. They were chosen based on their strength, healthiness, good looks, broad base of knowledge and their good judgment (Daniel 1:4). They had their names changed to Babylonian names. The culture around them was doing everything it could to change them into men that would leave God in their past.
In today’s passage we see that the decree has gone out to the whole city that they must bow down to a statue made of gold or they will be thrown into the furnace. Now these young Jewish men had been taken out of their home country but God was still very much a part of their lives.
These men have seen troubles in their young lives. They had been taken captive from their home and led to a faraway country where they knew no one other than each other. They have had to learn a new language and ideology as well as been taught that they should be following many other gods. But these men are not giving up their worship of God alone and that is placing them in yet another opportunity to face trials.
But they know God has been faithful to them through these trials that they have been going through and they know that He will continue being faithful. But it isn’t just God that has to be faithful. For them to know His care in the purest form, they must obey. They can’t decide to cave to the worldly thinking and hope that God will understand why they chose to obey the evil edict. We also must see the importance that Christ and these men saw. We can’t expect God to be faithful to us if we aren’t being faithful to Him and His will. It doesn’t matter what is going on in our lives, we need to stay close to Him.
Making It Personal
What have you been going through that has you doubting God’s presence in your life? How faithful are you to God? How has He proven Himself faithful to you?
Making It Personal Kids
What troubles have you experienced in your life? How has Jesus helped you through these troubles? How can you show that you are faithful to God?
Father, thank You for being faithful in all our life trials. Help us remember that when we are consistently faithful to You and Your will, we will remain in Your sheltering care. In Jesus’ name, amen.