How strong is your faith?
This story recounts the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego and the burning fiery furnace. This is a story about how strong their faith was.
They were asked to worship another god or face death by fire. The king was trying to intimidate them into worshiping his god with the burning fiery furnace.
One thing to keep in mind, in order to have a burning fiery furnace ready in the same hour, they had to have a burning fiery furnace ready before hand. They were expecting to use it.
As we read, there are five facts we can pull from this story
1. …we are not careful to answer thee… v.16
We need a faith can can not be intimidated or threatened by anybody or anything
2. …if it be so… v17
We need a faith that can stand up to reality
We may be led, by God, through a fire – but God will protect us if He does
3. …God whom we serve is able to deliver us… v17
We need a faith that will always be subject to the will of God
Is able is the key to this part of the passage
it means that God has the power to do it
The outcome in everyone’s life is subject to the divine will of God
4. …and will deliver us out of your hand… v17
We need to have a faith that knows God can deliver us from the hand of the enemy
There is a difference from the furnace and the hand of the enemy
God will is the key to this part of the passage
they knew that regardless of whether or not they were put in the furnace
they were going to be delivered out of the king’s hand
5. …but if not… v18
We need a faith that is strong enough to be true to God even if we are put through a trial
We need a faith that will serve God regardless of what happens
It takes really, really strong faith to be a but if not kind of believer
it is not an easy thing
it takes complete trust and security in God
What if He doesn’t come through the way you think He should?
How strong is your faith? Are you a but if not kind of believer?