If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up. (Daniel 3:17-18)
Lord, I pray that when I am facing the fire, that my faith in you will never waiver. I know God can save me from any situation this world can throw at me. He has the power to overcome, for Jesus has come and overcame the world (John 16:33). I have faith that you can remove any obstacle from my way…..But what about when He doesn’t?
Before I truly knew Christ, I thought I was doing pretty ok as a Christian. I mean, I would go to church occasionally, didn’t do anything I thought was too bad, and prayed occasionally. Mostly, my prayers were out of desperation. I always looked to God as a last hope, not the answer. I’d get myself into a tough situation and pray God would deliver me out cause only a miracle could help! And sometimes, things would by His grace, work themselves out. I’d be happy, tell God thanks and move right along doing whatever I wanted until another challenge came my way. And other times, well, things didn’t work out. I’d suffer, be angry, sad, and wonder why God wasn’t here to help me this time?
Now, I know, God is not at my beck and call. Yes, He hears all of our prayers (even the last hope ones) and He is always here with us. But did God put that challenge before me or did my own actions get me there? Nine times out of ten, Ashley probably got herself in her own mess. The other one time, these messes just show up at my front door with my name on it. But those times are just because we live in this world and this world isn’t for God and there is evil in it.
So imagine you have a friend or family member (child, specifically) that doesn’t call you, you only see them at Easter, and doesn’t listen to any advice you give. Then they call you out of the blue saying they desperately need your help that you, only you, can fix and need it right now this instant. I’d hang the phone right up and say see you next Easter. But I am not God. The mercy and grace He has extended to us is beyond anything we can measure or even deserve. When we call, He always answers. Just may not be the answers we want. Sometimes His answer is having us walk right into the furnace and walking through the flames. As hot and miserable and agonizing that fire will get, He will be right there with us. That is His promise. Not to always deliver us from our circumstances, but that He is faithful and never forsake us through anything.
I hope that we can always remember to not only seek God as our last Hope but in everything we face. In every circumstance, may we seek Him first. God is Able. And even if He doesn’t do what we ask of Him, always remember his plans are much better than our own.
Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)