Hello, Truett Family! Can you believe it’s already been more than a month in this crazy season? Even more, do you believe that God has been with you this entire time? Praise His Holy Name.
This week, I would like to offer you this: Christ is walking through the fire with us. Christ has not left the building. Do you remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? The three young men who refused to bow down to an image of an earthly king? This story is found in the book of Daniel in Chapter 3.
Beginning in Verse 14: "And Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?" (Daniel 3:14-15 NIV)
These young men did not waiver in their response to King Nebuchadnezzar, though their lives literally hung in the balance. They trusted that the One True God would save them. In Verse 17 they reply, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." (Daniel 3:17-18 NIV)
This story ends with our God showing up and exercising victory over the fire and this king. However, God does not save or prevent them from being thrown into the fire. He shows up in the fire when they are tossed into the blazing furnace. The Lord God was with them IN the fire. That is the God we serve. God saves us by his Son and by the power of his Spirit from the powers of sin and death, ultimately. But as we are walking through the fire, the storm, or the tragedy, our God remains right next to us to bring us through. God is bigger than the sufferings of this world. But what a blessing that he journeys with us, so that we might see his grace and power over that which we cannot defeat on our own.
The chorus of this song, "Another In The Fire," says this:
There was another in the fire standing next to me
There was another in the water holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding of how I’ve been set free
There is a cross that beats the burden where another died for me.
As you sit in the peace of God, trust that he is with you in whatever fire you find yourself. Trust that even as you walk through the valley, the fire, you are being refined and molded into the image of Christ Jesus, who was the one who bore our burden of sin and death on the cross and rose to new life.