Out of, not From.

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Uncategorized
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King Nebuchanezzar erected a statue that was approximately 90 feet tall out in the plains of Dura, in the province of Babylon. The decree was that when the signal was sounded all were to bow to this idol. Three Hebrews named Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego (the names they were given in the captivity) refused. The king was enraged.
You probably remember this story, and you recall they were ultimately cast into a fiery furnace that was so hot it consumed the men who threw them in.

King Nebby’s question to them had been, ‘What god can save you from this>?’ I love their response of great faith. It was essentially, “We know that our God can, we believe that our God will, but even if He doesn’t . . .” I don’t know what fiery trials may confront you at this time in your life, but do you have this confidence. Do you realize that the God of the Bible is the one Paul said is “able to do exceeding abundantly more than we can even think or ask.” (Eph. 3:20). So often when confronted with challenges to our lives we whine and complain. We forget that God is not caught by surprise and that He loves us with an incredible love.

Because of being saved out of the fire instead of from having to face that trial, they experienced the presence of the Lord in an incredible way. Keep remembering today, as Paul writes in Philippians 4:5, “The Lord is near.” Be conscious of how genuinely present Christ is to those who are His children.

These three through the fire, and Daniel out of the lion’s den. What will be the legacy your life leaves to the glory of God? Today each of us will face opportunities to proclaim to a lost world the goodness and greatness of God. What kind of testimony will you give?

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