Do we really trust God to deliever us from trials?
What about one from an invisible enemy that has taken the world hostage, has bound us up, and thrown us into an unprecended situation? I’m reminded of three men, Shadrach, Mesach, and Abed-Nego, who were once cast into a fiery furnace, by an enemy of God because they wouldn’t bow down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. (Daniel 3.)
Answering the King’s question regarding who was their God, the One who would deliver them from his hands before the three were bound and cast into the fire they said:
“O Nebuchadnezzar we have no need to answer you in this matter. 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. But if not, let it be known to you, O King, that we will not serve your gods (idols), nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up,” (Dan. 3:16-18).
Did God save them from being accused, arrested, bound,
and thrown into the furnace?
Did God immediately transport them out of the fire
and take them to a safe place?
Did God strike dead all of their enemies
who were involved in trying to kill them?
But God astounded and got the attention of the King and his men. “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” (Dan. 3:24). “Look . . . I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Dan. 3:25).
We are not walking through this fiery test by ourselves. We may have been bound and cast into it by an enemy who has intentions to harm us but God has not been caught off guard without a plan.
God did not save us from being thrown into this trial or test.
God has not immediately transported us out of this situation to a safe place.
God has not struck everyone dead who means us harm.
But . . . God is wanting to astound and get the attention of the world. For He is walking with us. As people see us going through this difficult time against an invisible enemy they should begin to see that we are not bound up with fear.
When the King and his men saw the three men emerge unhurt the King said, “There is no other God who can deliver like this.” (Dan. 3:29).
And King Nebuchadnezzar was right . . . there is no other God who can deliver. And He is the same today as He was then–He will deliver in His way, in His time, following His plan. But while He is unfolding His plan, we believers are being watched just as the King and his men watched the three Jews.
What we must do during this unprecented time of being thrown unwillingly into a fiery trial against an invisible enemy is be faithful. We need to trust God and remember that He is still on the throne, still in charge and He still has a plan that He is unfolding.
I will join Shadrach, Mesach, and Abed-Nego and announce, “But, if not, let it be known to you, O King (this invisible enemy), that (I) do not serve your gods (idols), nor will (I) worship the gold image which you have set up.”
“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face,and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin
and heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7:14).
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Scripture from New King James version of the Bible