First, Daniel 3:16-18. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are threatened to be thrown into the fire by King Nebuchadnezzar. Their reply astounds me.
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 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, O king. BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT, we want you to know, I king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
What faith! Their faith took them to the possibility of death and it did not stop them. Was it because of these six simple words, with such a complex meaning, that God saved them? Would he have saved them if they had not said those words?
These words show the intensity of their faith. It takes a lot of realization on our part that things may not always go how we would like them to, but if we are living under God’s will, we have faith, intense faith, in the fact that we are in Good Hands. Because its not about us, is it?
Second, John 16:32. “Behold the hour cometh…that ye shall be scattered.” Jesus is talking to the disciples here. The disciples’ faith was disturbed and focused on their own interests. There will be a time when we go through desolation. It is a part of life, and it is definitely a part of the Christian life. There will be a time when we are temporarily separated from God’s blessings. We must go through this so that our faith can be strong. And while we are in the midst of it, we can praise God that all is well.
Are we prepared to let God do as He likes with us? Prepared to be separated from conscious blessings? Oswald Chambers says “God is never in a hurry; if we wait, we shall see that God is pointing out that we have not been interested in Himself but only His blessings”.
This was hard for me to read, and is even harder for me to apply. We are all guilty of this. So what is the next step? For me it is realizing and accepting the fact that the blessings from God which I have so greatly become accustomed to, can and will be taken away, and it may be soon.