God is Able!
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Sunday Thought: GOD IS ABLE!
Daniel 3rd Chapter
Most of us learned the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as children.
The story goes that King Nebuchadnezzar built a huge golden statue of himself.
He commanded the people to bow down and worship him.
The punishment for not doing this was to be thrown into a huge furnace.
In the book of Daniel 3: 16-18, we find that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
The king became furious, and demanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be thrown into the fiery furnace.
The furious king also commanded that the heat be turned up seven times hotter than normal!
In fact, the heat was so intense that the soldiers who escorted the three faithful servants to the entrance of the furnace were instantly killed!
However, something amazing happened to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
They indeed were thrown into the furnace, but no harm came to them.
When King Nebuchadnezzar looked into the furnace he couldn't believe his eyes!
According to Daniel 3:25 reads, "He answered and said, "But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods."
The important thing is that God provided protection for his faithful servants during their time of need.
As we experience our challenges, our circumstances, and our situations,
God will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrew 13:5).
God not only knows about our suffering in trials, He goes with us in them and He goes with us through them.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
What this Scripture is saying is that God is “ever-present” or always with us in our troubles.
While many of us may never be faced with the necessity of entering a literal fiery furnace it is nevertheless, a truth that there is no immunity from trials by virtue of the fact that we belong to the Lord.
We must stand firm in our faith at all times.
We must rest assured that God is with us before, during, and after.
Christian Believers, God will be faithful and present with us in our going through.
The story of the Three Hebrew Boys represents the victory of people standing up for what they believe, and refusing to bow due to any form of oppression.
We can believe God. Our God is able!
See, the test isn't on God's ability to save us, it's on us, and our desire to please God!
Let’s be encouraged as we consider these three brave men who exercised faith in their time of fierce testing.
As Believers, we are to expect testing and trial as part of our heritage in Christ.
Since we are dedicated Christians, determined to be loyal to the Lord at all costs, we must not be surprised when adversity comes and seems to be heaped upon us.
Those facing tough times might look to this story for inspiration, knowing that God will come to their rescue.
This entire story is about faith in action … a faith which is ready to trust God to fulfil His purpose.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
Please receive this benediction, “unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen”