Daniel 3:17-18, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up”
Facing the fiery furnace, the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to compromise their beliefs or change their behavior. They told the king, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand; but even if he does not, we will not serve your gods.” With the words, “even if he does not,” they took their faith to a higher level. They knew God could prevent it, but not that his plan called for it in this instance. But they’d rather die than deny or disappoint Him. Understand this, God can take you out of your situation or bring you through it. When He leaves you in it longer than you’d like to stay, He’s developing, furnace faith in your life. Furnace faith is dead to doubt and blind to impossibility. It reaches up through the threatening clouds and lays hold of the One who has all power in heaven and on earth. It makes the circumstances bearable and the future hopeful. Furnace faith is believing if we have to go through the fire of adversity, our God and Creator, will go through it with us. Listen to the words of a heathen king who watched it all happen, “I see four men loose, walking in the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:25). My friend, furnace faith makes you as free in the fire of affliction as you are out of it. Furthermore, when your friends see the Lord in there with you, it’ll convince them like nothing else.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Whenever we’re faced with a problem, our faith is challenged. Knowing that it’s impossible to resolve the difficulty ourselves, we recognize our need of God’s help. First, we must go to Him in prayer. Until that moment, we’re still holding on to our problem. We know the situation won’t get resolved until we let go and commit it into God’s hands. Once we let go, we then must trust God to take over until the problem is resolved in His way and in His time. Although we can’t see what He’s doing, our faith is “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1), the assurance that His work is as good as done! As we study the ministry of Jesus, we see varying degrees of faith in those who came to Him. He cast out a mute spirit from a son whose father wavered between faith and doubt (Mark 9:17-24). He healed a leper who knew He could but was not sure He would (Mark 1:40-45), and He healed the servant of a centurion who was so sure of the outcome that he asked Jesus merely to speak the word from afar (Luke 7:1-10). These examples don’t teach that God always answers according to the strength of our faith. Rather, in His wisdom He responds to any degree of faith. His ultimate goal is to lead us to trust Him completely, so that we may know the fullness of His fellowship. Because of who Jesus Christ is, He can turn the weakest faith into a strong faith. So, have you exercised faith and trust in Him today?
Got any rivers you think are un-crossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God specializes in things thought impossible and,
He does the things others cannot do.
Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation.