If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18
He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!” Daniel 3:25
When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:27-32
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
When we are in the midst of stressful circumstances our trust must be in the Lord alone and not in the outcomes which we hope He will bring about for us. This is what true faith is all about and this is what should be proclaimed to those around us. People need to hear, regardless of whether God delivers or not, that we will trust Him. For Daniel’s friends, deliverance was God’s way of impacting the people who surrounded them. He showed His power and even His actual presence in the middle of their desperate situation.
Consider the desperate circumstance of our Savior in the garden of Gethsemene as He faced the cross. If the Father had delivered His Son in response to His prayer to have the cup of suffering removed, where would we be. All of us are a part of that great multitude of sinful people who surrounded our Lord Jesus as the Fathered delivered Him up on the cross. Where would we be if He had been delivered instead of delivered up. There would be no “cross” and no “resurrection.” But Jesus Christ our “Prince” and “Savior” was hung of a cross, was raised from the dead, and was exalted to the right hand of God. Hallelujah!
We must trust in the Lord at all times no matter the outcome of things and then be ready to proclaim that trust to those around us. This is exactly what we see in the example of the early church above. When it came to the proclamation of the Gospel and its message of the cross and the resurrection, “we must obey God rather than men” was the hallmark of the early Church. God will glorify Himself by delivering or not delivering. In either instance, if we walk in trust and obedience, our faith will impact those around us and He will be glorified even further.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I want my life to glorify you in every way. Help me to trust you fully and always, regardless of whether you deliver me or not from the tough spots of life. I choose obedience to you in proclaiming the message of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I choose to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. I love you and worship you, Lord. Amen!
Posted on Thu, April 6, 2017
by Ken Hart