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marbella3 65F
2006 posts
12/6/2017 3:55 pm

Read: Daniel 3:13–25

Bible in a Year: Daniel 3–4; 1 John 5

The God we serve is able to deliver us. Daniel 3:17

Due to an injury that occurred in 1992, I suffer from chronic pain in my upper back, shoulders, and neck. During the most excruciating and disheartening moments, it’s not always easy to trust or praise the Lord. But when my situation feels unbearable, God’s constant presence comforts me. He strengthens me and reassures me of His unchanging goodness, limitless power, and sustaining grace. And when I’m tempted to doubt my Lord, I’m encouraged by the determined faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They worshiped God and trusted He was with them, even when their situation seemed hopeless.

When King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw them into a blazing furnace if they didn’t turn away from the true God to worship his golden statue (Dan. 3:13–15), these three men displayed courageous and confident faith. They never doubted the Lord was worthy of their worship (v. 17), “even if” He didn’t rescue them from their current predicament (v. 18. And God didn’t leave them alone in their time of need; He joined and protected them in the furnace (vv. 24–25).

The God we serve is able to deliver us. Daniel 3:17

God doesn’t leave us alone either. He remains with us through trials that can feel as destructive as Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace. Even if our suffering doesn’t end on this side of eternity, God is and always will be mighty, trustworthy, and good. We can rely on His constant and loving presence.
Lord, thank You for being with us, no matter what we’re going through.

Faith relies on our Almighty God’s unchanging character, not on our circumstances.

MrsJoe 71F
9426 posts
12/6/2017 7:06 pm

A reminder of a truth I needed to hear. Thank you.

Life's short. Be sure you spend your time on the internet, arguing with strangers over politics.

deborahsu2 78F
2799 posts
12/6/2017 8:59 pm

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    A reminder of a truth I needed to hear. Thank you.
Me too Mrsjoe. These last three years have been pretty hard health wise for Russ and myself both. My sister has alzheimer and her husband has dementia, helping her son take care of them is almost a full time job. I sometimes seem to forget that God is still with us and is in control. I just have to keep the communication line open between myself and God.

Thank you marbella for this reminder. I need to be reminded from time to time.